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Published: Monday, Aug. 13 2012 5:00 a.m. MDT

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DonP
Sainte Genevieve, MO

I would be interested in knowing why the Lots unit of LDS served only a few months. Was the threat to the Overland Trail and telegraph line overstated, or did other units replace the LDS troops?

John Pack Lambert of Michigan
Ypsilanti, MI

What is unclear is to what extent those people in this work were LDS at the time of the civil war and to what extent they are people who joined the Church after serving in the fighting. I know that John Morgan, who later was one of the 7 presidents of the 70, served in the Union Army. He did not join the Church until after coming to Utah somewhat later.

killpack
Sandy, UT

"'I was met with crickets chirping,' Alford laughed. 'It was completely off everybody’s radar.'" I don't think it's fair to expect Utah citizens to have the same enthusiasm for the Civil War as folks on the East Coast. Sure, if you're a military historian or scientist, you are very easily excited by anything Civil War, no matter where you live. In places like Virginia and Maryland, however, you get excited about the Civil War no matter what your line of work is or what you major in at college, etc. That's what happens when you grow up near very famous Civil War historical sites and battlegrounds. On the other hand, a Utah company here or there, protecting a supply route or whatever it was, just isn't much to get excited about. Still, I applaud the author for trying. I hope is book is a success.

donn
layton, UT

RE: John Pack Lambert of Michigan, What is unclear is to what extent those people in this work were LDS at the time of the civil war.

In Oct 6 1863, Brigham Young. I should never fight one moment about it, for the cause of human improvement is not in the least advanced by the dreadful[civil] war which now convulses our unhappy country. Ham will continue to be the servant of servants, as the Lord has decreed, until the curse is removed.
Will the present struggle free the slave? No; but they are now wasting away the black race by thousands. Many of the blacks are treated worse than we treat our dumb brutes; and men will be called to judgment for the way they have treated the negro, and they will receive the condemnation of a guilty conscience, by the just Judge whose attributes are justice and truth. JOD v. 10

Red Headed Stranger
Billy Bobs, TX

Perhaps I would be more inclined to help submit a name if the list of LDS soldiers were listed on the internet. I don't live in Utah, and I don't know if the one LDS bookstore near me will carry the book, and $30 is a little steep for a book anyway. For history's sake, I think it is an admirable thing to get a comprehensive list - but publish the list on the internet please. Otherwise the plea comes across almost hamhanded as way to get people to buy the book.

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