Summarized by Kent Larsen
Mormon Markers Destroyed
Salt Lake Tribune 3Dec99 N1
By Christopher Smith: Salt Lake Tribune
SIMPSON'S HOLLOW, WYOMING -- Vandals destroyed commemorative signs at
Simpson's Hollow in southwestern Wyoming during the past two weeks in at
attack that officials speculate may have been directed at the LDS
Church. The signs, valued at $1,000, were the only ones of many along
the highway to be damaged.
The signs were dedicated on Independence Day weekend in 1997 by
President Gordon B. Hinckley. They commemorate the so-called Utah War's
only 'battle' on Oct. 5, 1857, in which Mormon militiamen intercepted
and destroyed a caravan of 24 U.S. Army supply wagons meant to supply
2,500 troops under the command of Albert Sidney Johnston. The lack of
supplies and winter weather delayed Johnston, who had been ordered to
Utah to put down a supposed Mormon rebellion.
The delay allowed Mormon-friend Thomas L. Kane to arrive the following
spring to negotiate the resignation of Brigham Young as territorial
governor and the presence of U.S. Troops in Salt Lake City.