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At Sword's Point, Part 1

A Documentary History of the Utah War to 1858

William P. MacKinnon (author)

ISBN: 9780870623530

Publication Date: Apr 2008

Format: Hardback

£35.50

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The Utah War of 1857-58, the unprecedented armed confrontation between Mormon Utah Territory and the U.S. government, was the most extensive American military action between the Mexican and Civil wars. At Sword's Point presents in two volumes the first in-depth narrative and documentary history of that extraordinary conflict.

William P. MacKinnon offers a lively narrative linking firsthand accounts - most previously unknown - from soldiers and civilians on both sides. This first volume traces the war's causes and preliminary events, including President Buchanan's decision to replace Brigham Young as governor of Utah and restore federal authority through a large army expedition. Also examined are Young's defensive-aggressive reactions, the onset of armed hostilities, and Thomas L. Kane's departure at the end of 1857 for his now-famous mediating mission to Utah.

MacKinnon provides a balanced, comprehensive account, based on a half century of research and a wealth of carefully selected new material. Women's voices from both sides enrich this colorful story. At Sword's Point presents the Utah War as a sprawling confrontation with regional and international as well as territorial impact. As a nonpartisan definitive work, it eclipses previous studies of this remarkably bloody turning point in western, military, and Mormon history.


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This monumental work reflects a half-century of far-reaching research by the acknowledged expert on the Utah War. William P. MacKinnon's wealth of knowledge is exhibited in the relevant choice of documents and lively commentary provided in Parts 1 and 2. Highly recommended." - Richard E. Turley Jr., coauthor of Massacre at Mountain Meadows
Illustrations 31 black & white illustrations, 1 map
Imprint The Arthur H. Clark Company
Pages 556
Dimensions 229 x 152 x 38
Date Published 30 Apr 2008
Publisher University of Oklahoma Press
Series Kingdom in the West: The Mormons and the American Frontier Series
Series Part 10
Subject/s Regional & national history   History of the Americas   Other non-Christian religions   Military history  
William P. MacKinnon is an independent historian who lives in Santa Barbara, California. A widely recognized authority on Utah's violent territorial period and the U.S. Army's western campaigns, he is the author of numerous journal articles and the author-editor of At Sword's Point, Part 1: A Documentary History of the Utah War to 1858.

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