Camp Floyd and the Mormons: The Utah War

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Camp Floyd and the Mormons traces the history of the sojourn of ?Johnston?s Army? in Utah Territory from the beginning of the Utah War in 1857 through the abandonment of Camp Floyd in Cedar Valley west of Utah Lake at the outbreak of the Civil War. The book describes the relationship between the invading army and the local Mormon population, gives an account of Indian affairs in Utah, and describes the activities of federal officials in Utah during that volatile period.

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Overview

Camp Floyd and the Mormons traces the history of the sojourn of “Johnston’s Army” in Utah Territory from the beginning of the Utah War in 1857 through the abandonment of Camp Floyd in Cedar Valley west of Utah Lake at the outbreak of the Civil War. The book describes the relationship between the invading army and the local Mormon population, gives an account of Indian affairs in Utah, and describes the activities of federal officials in Utah during that volatile period.

Completed posthumously by Gene Sessions, Moorman’s colleague at Weber State University, Camp Floyd and the Mormons is a comprehensive analysis of the history of frontier Utah as a decade of isolation ended and confrontations with the United States government began. Moorman had unprecedented access to materials in the LDS Church Archives on subjects ranging from the Mountain Meadows Massacre to the Mormon responses to the presence of the army in Utah from 1858 through 1861.

First published by the University of Utah Press in 1992, this reprint edition includes a new introduction by Gene Sessions in which he recounts Moorman’s research adventures during the 1960s "in the bowels of the old Church Administration Building, where Joseph Fielding Smith and A. Will Lund watched over the contents of the archives like wide-eyed mother hens."

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Editorial Reviews

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"[Camp Floyd and the Mormons] is a valuable contribution to the lengthy shelf of scholarship on the army in the west, Mormon society, and life on the American frontier."—B. Carmon Hardy, California State University, Fullerton
 

"Donald Moorman’s epic account of the federal army’s march to Utah and its activities at Camp Floyd until the eve of the Civil War is a balanced study in the best tradition of good historical scholarship."—Allan Kent Powell, Utah State Historical Society

“The University of Utah Press has done students of Utah history a great favor with the release of this out-of-print book.”—Utah Historical Quarterly

Library Journal
Published posthumously, the final draft of Moorman's very specialized contribution to the ``Utah Centennial'' series has been edited by Sessions. Focusing on the years 1857-61, Moorman quotes liberally from original documents in the LDS Church Archives, letting no detail escape his attention. He does not discuss his topic in isolation but examines the larger issue of slavery, which had a dramatic impact on the Mormons' history. The newly formed Republican Party supported the abolition of slavery and polygamy, bringing national attention to the Mormons. President James Buchanan sent troops to the area in 1857. This volume recounts the history of their settlement at Camp Floyd from its construction until its demise at the beginning of the Civil War. Only libraries whose patrons have a strong interest in Utah history would want to purchase this specialized text.-- Dorothy Lilly, Grosse Pointe North High Sch. Lib., Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874808452
  • Publisher: University of Utah Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2005
  • Series: Utah Centennial Ser.
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 1,380,068
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Donald R. Moorman (1931–1980) was a professor of history at Weber State University.

Gene A. Sessions is a presidential distinguished professor of history at Weber State University. He is the author of numerous books, including Mormon Democrat: The Religious and Political Memoirs of James Henry Moyle.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
1 The Gathering of Thunderclouds in the East 3
2 March to the River Jordan 25
3 The Dawn of Carpetbag Rule 43
4 The Scourge of Gold: Fairfield 59
5 Life at Camp Floyd 81
6 "One-Eyed Jeffery": The Odyssey of Judge John C. Cradlebaugh 102
7 The Tragedy of Mountain Meadows 123
8 The March Into the Wilderness 151
9 The Search for an Indian Policy 177
10 A Deepening Indian Crisis 192
11 Troubles on the Overland 204
12 Paiute and Shoshone Uprisings 218
13 Unsaintly City 231
14 Disquiet in Zion 247
15 The Economic Impact of the Utah War: An Analysis 260
16 Epilogue 272
Notes 283
Index 324
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