Sunday, December 21, 2014

The Mormon Reserve

In 1845 a Bill was passed in Congress to place the Mormons on a reservation very similar to the Indian Reservations. The plan was blown out of the water when the Saints surprised the Government and evacuated Nauvoo. In what State was twenty-four square miles set apart to act as a reservation for the Mormons?


a.      Alaska

b.      Arizona

c.       Wisconsin

d.      Iowa

Yesterday’s answer:

(D)   Samuel Brannan

While the Camp of Israel pitched its tents across Iowa on the way west and the Mormon Battalion marched off to California along the Santa Fe Trail, another Mormon exodus took place by sea. A company of  238 (70 men, 68 women, and 100 children) cleared New York harbor aboard the sail ship Brooklyn on February 4, 1846, rounded the Horn, and on July 31 went ashore at Yerba Buena in San Francisco Bay, the first colonists to strengthen American occupation of what had lately been Mexican territory. Ironically, they had sought to leave the United States for good. “There’s that damned flag again!” their leader Samuel Brannan is supposed to have said, though one member of the company remembered that at sight of it “All hearts felt more cheerful and secure.” 

William Mudler and A. Russell Mortensen, Among the Mormons (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1958), 184.

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