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Response to claims made in "Chapter 11: All Hell Is in Commotion"

A FairMormon Analysis of: Blood of the Prophets: Brigham Young and the Massacre at Mountain Meadows, a work by author: Will Bagley

Response to claims made in Blood of the Prophets, "Chapter 11: All Hell Is in Commotion"

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Response to claim: 196 - Brigham gave a gift of salt to the U.S. army, which it was implied was poisoned

The author(s) of Blood of the Prophets make(s) the following claim:

Brigham gave a gift of salt to the U.S. army, which it was implied was poisoned.

FairMormon Response

Question: Did Brigham Young imply that he had poisoned a gift of salt that he gave to Johnston's Army?

Brigham did not try to poison the army, and his behavior was not suspicious enough to keep the troops from using the gift

Critics mention a gift of salt given by Brigham which he is presumed to have implied was poisoned. [1]

Brigham did not try to poison the army, and his behavior was not suspicious enough to keep the troops from using the gift.

Noted one reviewer:

Bagley tells us how Brigham Young needled General Johnston on the high plains with a gift of salt leading Johnston to reject it with outrage when Johnston believed that Brigham Young had implied the salt was poisoned (by saying that it was not) (p. 196). It would have been nice had Bagley told us Johnston's troops covertly accepted the gift nonetheless. [2]


Response to claim: 198 - The author refers to Col. Thomas Kane as a "hypochondriac"

The author(s) of Blood of the Prophets make(s) the following claim:

Col. Thomas Kane a "hypochondriac."

FairMormon Response

  • Compare treatment in American Massacre: p. 216.

Notes

  1. Will Bagley, Blood of the Prophets: Brigham Young and the Massacre at Mountain Meadows (University of Oklahoma Press, 2002), 196.
  2. Robert D. Crockett, "A Trial Lawyer Reviews Will Bagley's Blood of the Prophets," FARMS Review 15/2 (2003): 199–254. off-site Headings and minor punctuation changes for clarity may have been added; footnotes have been omitted. Readers are advised to consult the original review.