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The Utah War

President James Buchanan (left) sent federal troops to replace Brigham Young (right) as governor of the Utah territory.

In the spring of 1857, President James Buchanan appointed a non-Mormon governor for the Utah Territory and sent troops to enforce the order. Armed skirmishes between the Mormon militia and the U.S. Army followed, and the roughly year-long conflict is now known as the "Utah War." Doug speaks with LDS Church Historian Richard Turley as well as independent historians Will Bagley and David Bigler about this pivotal moment in Utah history. (Rebroadcast)


  • Richard Turley is Assistant Church Historian and Recorder for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Independent historians Will Bagley and David Bigler are co-authors of the book The Mormon Rebellion: America's First Civil War, 1857-1858
  • Michael Homer is Chair of the Utah Historical Society's Board of State History. The Utah State History Conference will be held September 20-23 at Fort Douglas. [Learn more]