Mormon Missionaries, The Utah War, and the 1858 Bannock Raid on Fort Limhi
The Magazine of Western History
Bannock Indians initially welcomed Mormon missionaries to settle in a small colony located nineteen miles southeast of present-day Salmon, Idaho. When the Mormons began constructing a fort and plowing up land where they had formerly grazed their horses, the Indians' friendship cooled. When the U.S. sent an army to Utah in 1857, Church leaders viewed Fort Limhi as a possible place for rest and resupply if the Saints were forced to flee north from Utah Territory. When the Bannock Indians raided the fort in February 1858, this action eliminated any possible plans for the Mormons to flee north. Bigler discusses those events and people who likely instigated the raid on the fort.