Did Mormon leaders kill 120 pilgrims in 1870?
It's one of the worst massacres in American history. In 1857, 120 men, women. and children on a wagon train from Arkansas to California were killed. Exactly what happened in the Mountain Meadows Massacre is one of the greatest debates in Mormon history—some blame local Native Americans, others blame the Mormon leadership. Now, just days after The Rocky Mountain News in Denver published a lengthy special report on the atrocity, the National Park Service has announced a discovery that may prove Mormon leader Brigham Young ordered the killings. A Park Service volunteer discovered a lead sheet under several inches of dirt and rat droppings. On it was some writing, supposedly etched by John D. Lee, who was tried and executed for his role in the attack. "I do not fear athorty for the time is closing and am willing to tak the blame," the sheet says. "I trust in God—I have no fear—Death hold no terror—Lord hav merci on this resless soul." But the key line may be where he says the attack was "on order from Pres Young." "The Mormon Church is reserved in its statements about the find," says The Arizona Republic, but Glen M. Leonard, director of the Museum of Church History and Art, is standing firm. Young "definitely did not order" the murders, he tells The Rocky Mountain News. Likewise, the church-owned Deseret News begins its report saying that "several aspects of the discovery indicate it may be a hoax." The Park Service is running authenticity tests.
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