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4/17/2017 4:06 pm  #1


Mountain Meadows massacre

=15pxSeptember 11, 1857, was the date of Utah’s darkest, most disturbing day.  Just like on September 11, 2001, religious zealots murdered innocent people in cold blood. Mormons and Paiutes killed 123 men, women, and children who had put their lives in their hands.On September 7, according to accounts written by Anglo Americans, a band of Paiutes and Anglos dressed up like Indians attacked the emigrants.   However, the Paiute tribe today says that, according to their oral tradition, they did not participate in the massacre.The attackers killed seven of the emigrants immediately.The Fancher party circled the wagons and managed to fend their attackers off for five days. But they couldn’t hold out forever. When Mormon militia offered to protect them, the emigrants agreed to leave all their possessions behind—and to give up their weapons.The miltiamen separated out men, women, the wounded, and children for a march toward Cedar City. After the group walked for more than a mile, the line of people grew strung out and separated.

Suddenly, instead of leading the people to safety, the militiamen killed everyone but the smallest children.The militia took the small children to Cedar City to stay with Mormon families and buried the dead in shallow graves. 

=15pxThe families of the victims began to wonder what had really happened. The U.S. government investigated and finally prosecuted only one man, John D. Lee. Although many men had participated in the decision and deed, Lee took the blame for it all. He was executed in 1877. 

http://ilovehistory.utah.gov/time/images/dedication-1932.jpg

Monument dedication in 1932
 


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4/17/2017 4:08 pm  #2


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4/17/2017 4:12 pm  #6


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Official monument
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