Religious Studies Center, BYU ; Deseret Book Company
The American Civil War shaped our nation in many ways. Although Utah Territory was physically removed from the war's battlefields and the resulting devastation, the Civil War had a deep impact on the territoy and its inhabitants. This book takes a fresh and updated look at many of the relationships that existed between Latter-day Saints, Utah Territory, and the Civil War. This volume becomes available on the 150th anniversary of Utah's initial involvement in the Civil War. Civil War Saints provides readers a short overview of the Civil War itself. It explores the relationship between Abraham Lincoln and the Mormons that stretched over several decades. It discusses Utah Territory's only military contribution to the Civil War, the Nauvoo Legion's service in Utah during the war, the 1862 establishment of Camp Douglas, LDS emigration during the Civil War, and how American newspapers (borth North and South) viewed Mormonism. Finally, the book examines the impact of the war's aftermath on Latter-day Saints. Civil War Saints is a nicely balanced effort to consider and understand some of the many ways that Latter-day Saints were affected by the Civil War.