Criticism of Mormonism/Books/Blood of the Prophets: Brigham Young and the Massacre at Mountain Meadows/Use of sources/Allies or grain

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Use of sources: Indians raising "allies" to help in the massacre at Mountain Meadows?

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

Will Bagley claims that Dimmick Huntington's journal discusses Indians raising "allies" to help in the massacre at Mountain Meadows which he claims Brigham is orchestrating.

Source(s) of the criticism

Hoping to indict Brigham Young in the Mountain Meadows massacre, Bagley — a professional historian — seriously distorts the historical record.

Raising allies?

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Bagley quotes D.B. Huntington, Brigham Young's interpreter, as saying that the Piedes band of Indians were "afraid to fight the Americans & so would raise [allies]" (brackets by Bagley).

Huntington's journal entry for 1 September 1857 actually says they were "afraid to fight the Americans & so would raise grain.

  • Lawrence Coates, "review of Blood of the Prophets," BYU Studies 42/1 (2003): 156. PDF link
  • Robert D. Crockett, "A Trial Lawyer Reviews Will Bagley's Blood of the Prophets," FARMS Review 15/2 (2003): 199–254. off-site
  • W. Paul Reeve and Ardis E. Parshall, "review of Blood of the Prophets: Brigham Young and the Massacre at Mountain Meadows, by Will Bagley," Mormon Historical Studies (Spring 2003): 149–157.