Mormon Rebellion: America's First Civil War 1857-1858

By David L. Bigler and Will Bagley

ISBN 9780806143156

Price $24.95

Long overshadowed by the Civil War, the tragic story of this conflict involved a tense and protracted clash pitting Brigham Youngs Nauvoo Legion against Colonel Albert Sidney Johnston and the U.S. Armys Utah Expedition. In the end, the conflict between the two armies saw no pitched battles, but in the authors view, Buchanans decision to order troops to Utah, his so-called blunder, eventually proved decisive and beneficial for both Mormons and the American republic.