A story set against the Mountain Meadows Massacre, the film is based upon the tragedy which occurred in Utah in 1857. A group of settlers, traveling on wagons, was murdered by the native Mormons. All together, about 140 souls of men, women and children, were taken. Amidst this, two young lovers-to-be, one a Mormon and the other one of the doomed settlers from Arkansas, develop a relationship in an atmosphere of suspicion and rancor.Written by
The execution of John D. Lee was actually quite accurate. He was the only participant in the massacre that was ever tried, and after two trials, he was convicted. The army took him out to the massacre sight on March 23, 1877 (nearly twenty years after the event occurred), and then ordered a firing squad to execute him. His body was buried several miles away from the massacre site. See more »
Contrary to what is stated by "Brigham Young" in the film, Joseph Smith never claimed to be a "god on Earth", nor did Brigham Young, nor were they considered such by any of their followers. See more »
Some members of my family were headed to California on a wagon train. They were massacred by native American Indians and morons dressed as Indians. They were George and Solomon Wood and Nancy Dunlap. They were the children of my great great great grandmother Winnie Mathis's half brother Judge William Wood. The whole story is in my family history book. It is all recorded in the Library of Congress cat. # 62-18053 recorded as the Meadows Mountain Massacre. It was quite real.
From my Family Tree/Family History Book "Two of Judge Woods sons Solomon and George and their families and their sister Mrs. Dunlap her husband and five children were in the Wagon Train that left Mo. for California in 1857. The 120 emigrants were massacred in lonely Mountain Meadows in Southern Utah, only 18 young children were spared. The Mormon men on the ground after the bloody deed, took an oath they would never mention the event again, either in public or in private. The leaders of the Mormon church also counseled silence. The emigrants were massacred by Indians and Mormons disguised as Indians. All of the adults were massacred. There were 12 or 13 children and one blind girl, that were taken into the Mormon homes. The government sent Pinkerton men to search for the children. They were found and returned home to their relatives. The Dunlap children were returned. This incident is recorded as the Mountain Meadows Massacre. Library of Congress catalog # 62-18053."
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