Your picture of Cedar Valley is aimed at Eagle Mountain City Center, not the
site of Camp Floyd (Fairfield).
What many people [even LDS members] don't know is that after the martyrdom
of Joseph - that before B. Young took the members west to the great-basin, now
Utah. There were delegates sent to many of the eastern/southern states to
see if the church could relocate to these states/cities. There was not a one of
them that would allow them to come. When the US Army was sent to
quell the Mormon problem in the Utah Territory many of the officers were
familiar with Mormons. Remember that most of the church membership
at this time were converts of less than 10 years; they all came from different
religions, countries & USA states.
There are many ties to the Ciivl War in Utah:More than 700 CW
veterans are buried in Utah.Seven CW generals came to Utah after the war:
two came to serve as appointed governors of the territory, including Eli Murray,
for which the city if Murray was named. Murray was in Sherman's army as a
cavalry officer in the March to the Sea.One CW Cavalryman was
commended for his bravery at the battle of Selma, AL; came to Utah after the was
and later was a General Authority in the LDS Church. (John Morgan.A
Confederate CW vet is buried in Bountiful. He also served in the Union army in
Colorado after being released as a prisoner of war. His southern family disowned
him. (John Lawson).One LDS boy joined the army at Camp Floyd, was
sent top Virginia in the CW, was wounded, discharged, came home and started a
photo shop in Logan. (Tommy Cardon).
Good to get the other sides of the equation - communication lines, isolating a
big army, Civil War implications. All I ever heard growing up was "to slap down
It's great to teach kids about the isolation, sacrifice and deprivation. These
soldiers were in an wasteland surrounded by inhospitable people.It's
late and I'm getting old.It's and event near the Utah wars at Camp
Floyd. If my memory is correct there was a cultural divide between
the personnel assigned to Camp Floyd and all who encircled them.This
is where I'm missing details. There was a dance, drinking, and a fight. This
caused a big stir.Anyone out here that recalls this story?
This is a wonderful place to take fifth graders for a field trip. Who would
have thought we would have a link in Utah to the Civil War?