Reminder that William MacKinnon, author of the long-awaited At Sword’s Point, Part 2: A Documentary History of the Utah War, 1858–1859–Kingdom in the West, vol. 11 (published by Arthur H. Clark), will be here THIS WEDNESDAY, November 9 to speak about and sign copies of his book. He will be here from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and will speak at 6:00 and will answer questions and sign books before and after that time. Series editor Will Bagley will also be in attendance and can sign books if desired. We hope you will be able to make it that night but, if not, we can mail a signed copy or hold one here at the store for pick-up. To RSVP on Facebook, click here.
The Utah War—an unprecedented armed confrontation between Mormon-controlled Utah Territory and the U.S. government—was the most extensive American military action between the U.S.-Mexican and Civil Wars. Drawing on author-editor William P. MacKinnon’s half-century of research and a wealth of carefully selected new material, At Sword’s Point presents the first full history of the conflict through the voices of participants—leaders, soldiers, and civilians from both sides. MacKinnon’s lively narrative, continued in this second volume, links and explains these firsthand accounts to produce the most detailed, in-depth, and balanced view of the war to date.
At Sword’s Point, Part 2 carries the story of the Utah War from the end of 1857 to the conclusion of hostilities in June 1858, when Brigham Young was replaced as territorial governor and almost one-third of the U.S. Army occupied Utah. Through the testimony of Mormon and federal leaders, combatants, emissaries, and onlookers, this second volume describes the war’s final months and uneasy resolution. President James Buchanan and his secretary of war, John B. Floyd, worked to break a political-military stalemate in Utah, while Mormon leaders prepared defensive and aggressive countermeasures ranging from an attack on Forts Bridger and Laramie to the “Sebastopol Strategy” of evacuating and torching Salt Lake City and sending 30,000 Mormon refugees on a mass exodus and fighting retreat toward Mexican Sonora. Thomas L. Kane, self-appointed intermediary and Philadelphia humanitarian, sought a peaceful conclusion to the conflict, which ended with the arrival in Utah of President Buchanan’s two official peace commissioners, the president’s blanket pardon for Utah’s population, and the army’s peaceful march into the Salt Lake Valley.
“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
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.
At Sword’s Point, Part 2: A Documentary History of the Utah War, 1858–1859 (Kingdom in the West, vol. 11). Arthur H. Clark, 2016. 704pp. Hardback. $45.00 (**subscribers–save 20%)
1. The Pioneer Camp of the Saints: The 1846 and 1847 Mormon Trail Journals of Thomas Bullock, ed. by Will Bagley. 1997. (Best Documentary, MHA) $39.50
2. Forgotten Kingdom: The Mormon Theocracy in the American West, 1847–1896, ed. by David L. Bigler. 1998. (Best Book, 1998, Westerners International) $39.50
3. Scoundrel’s Tale: The Samuel Brannan Papers, ed. by Bagley. 1999. Out of print
4. Army of Israel: Mormon Battalion Narratives, ed. by Bigler and Bagley. 2000. (Best Documentary, MHA, Utah Military History Award, USHS) $39.50
5. Defending Zion: George Q. Cannon and the Mormon California Newspaper Wars of 1856–1857, ed. by Roger Ekins. 2002. (Best Documentary, MHA) $42.50
6. Fort Limhi: The Mormon Adventure in Oregon Territory, 1855–1858, ed. by Bigler. 2003. $39.50
7. Gold Rush Saints: California Mormons and the Great Rush for Riches, ed. by Kenneth N. Owens. 2004. $39.50
8. On the Way to Somewhere Else: European Sojourners in the Mormon West, 1834–1930, ed. by Michael W. Homer. 2006. Out of print, paperback copies available–reg. $24.95, SALE $4.99
9. Doing the Works of Abraham: A Documentary History of Mormon Polygamy, ed. by B. Carmon Hardy. 2007. Out of print
10-11. At Sword’s Point: A Documentary History of the Utah War of 1857–1858, ed. by William P. MacKinnon. 2008. $45.00.
12. Innocent Blood: Essential Narratives of the Mountain Meadows Massacre, ed. by Bagley and Bigler. 2008. $45.00
13. Playing with Shadows: Voices of Dissent in the Mormon West, ed. by Polly Aird, Jeffrey Nichols, and Will Bagley. 2011. $45.00
14. Dale Morgan on the Mormons: Collected Works, Part 1, 1939-1951, ed. by Richard L. Saunders. 2012. $45.00
15. Dale Morgan on the Mormons: Collected Works, Part 2, 1949-1970, ed. by Richard L. Saunders. 2013. $45.00