During the 1800’s, which Saints were disfellowshipped in large numbers for failing to stop the drinking of a certain beverage?
In the Mormon Trail’s twenty-three-year history, a handful of years merit special attention because of their historical importance: 1846 for the exoduses from Nauvoo, 1847 for the first companies to Utah, 1849 for the God Rush, 1856 for the first handcart companies, and 1861 for the first down-and-back wagon companies. To that list, the pivotal year 1852 needs to be added and its story told.
A vigorous Church campaign closed down about forty lingering LDS settlements in Iowa in 1852. Branches transformed into wagon trains, whose pullouts terminated what had been a strong Mormon presence in the Midwest for five years, and brought to completion the Nauvoo exodus process. This Church-ordered evacuation completed a covenant the Saints made in Nauvoo to help all go west who needed assistance. It produced the Mormon Trail’s heaviest traffic in any year before or after. It terminated six years of Winter Quarters and Kanesville being the out fitting point for LDS emigrating companies. It planted handcart seeds that sprouted four year later. And it let Perpetual Emigrating Fund assistance shift from Nauvoo exiles to European Saints.
The Closedown of LDS Iowa Settlements in 1852 That Completed the Nauvoo Exodus and Jampacked the Mormon Trail, William G. Hartley, BYU Studies, Vol. 52, No. 3, 2013, 63-64.