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Wonderful stuff.

My g-g-g-grandfather went west AGAINST the Mormons, as part of Johnston's army in 1857.

He deserted to Salt Lake City and was baptized by New Year's.

I've long thought that a nice overview of the history of Missouri is useful to contextualize the Mormon experience there. Especially events from when the Mormons were expelled through the end of the Civil War.

mistaben, that must be quite a story. He must have become something of a local celebrity.

Clark, yes, the "vigilante justice" approach used so effectively by local Missourians against the Mormons in the 1830s spiraled out of control in succeeding decades and resulted in something like ongoing civil war in the years preceding and during the Civil War. This is covered briefly in the book and probably deserves its own post.

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