Mountain Meadows Massacre Come all you sons of liberty, unto my rhyme give ear 'Tis of the bloody massacree you presently shall hear In splendor o'er the mountains some thirty wagons came They were awaited by a wicked band, oh Utah, bear the blame! In Indian colors all wrapped in shame this bloody crew was seen To flock around this little train all on the meadows green They were attacked in the morning as they were on their way They forthwith corralled their wagons and fought in blood array Till came the captain of the band, he surely did deceive Saying, "If you will give up your arms we'll surely let you live." When once they had give up their arms, thinking their lives to save The words were broken among the rest which sent them to their graves. When once they had give up their arms they started for Cedar City They rushed on them in Indian style, oh what a human pity! They melted down with one accord like wax before the flame, Both men and women, old and young, oh Utah!, where's thy shame? Both men and women, old and young, a-rolling in their gore And such an awful sight and scene was ne'er beheld before Their property was divided among this bloody crew And Uncle Sam is bound to see this bloody matter through. The soldiers will be stationed throughout this Utah land All for to find those murderers out and bring them to his hands. By order from their president, this bloody deed was done He was the leader of the Mormon Church, his name was Brigham Young. As sung by George Harter for Library of Congress record LBC9 Note: The event occurred in Mountain Meadows, in southern Utah on 9/7/1857. The Mormons were considered to be in rebellion against the US, even though they sett;led Utah 10 years earlier, when it was Mexican. President Buchanan sent federal troops to subjugate them and Brigham Young declared martial war. Utah was armed and prepared for war. Cedar City, Utah officials decided to destroy an incursing wagon train. Af the Francher party of 140 pioneers, the "Iron County Militia" appeared and offered to broker a truce if the settlers would disarm. When they did disarm, the "militia" turned and shot all the men. The women and children were left to the Paiutes who, as arranged, slaughtered them. The bodies and posessions were looted. Only 17 survived. No evidence was ever produced that Young had personal prion knowledge or that he personally participated in the ensuing cover-up. A single Mormon was executed for the crime 20 years later. A monument was erected on the site in 1932. AJS DT #386 Laws B19 AJS
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