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Mountain Meadows Massacre of 1857: the first 9/11
USA in the 19th.Century
"This quiz will cover the events of September 11th, 1857. Known today as the Mountain Meadows Massacre, it was America's first 9/11. Innocent civilians, seeking a better life, were attacked and killed, over ideological differences."
15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit
The massacre occurred during conflict known as the "Utah War." Who were the opposing forces?
Mormons vs. United States Army
Utah Militia vs. Islamic Fundamentalists
Native Americans vs. United States Army
French Fur-traders vs. Mormon land owners
The Baker-Fancher wagon-train consisted of around 150 unarmed, non-Mormon civilians. The train was traveling through Salt Lake City and came to rest in the area of Mountain Meadows. Where was the wagon-train headed?
Republic of Texas
The Mormon militia dressed as Native Americans during the attack.
John D. Lee, a leader of the local Mormon church, led the opening attack against the wagon-train, on Sept. 7th. Five days later, on the 11th, the wagon-train allowed him (still in disquise) to enter their camp. Why would they permit this?
The militia had raised the white flag.
They wanted to convert the natives.
They were low on ammunition.
They were planning to hold them hostage.
Immediately before John D. Lee entered the camp on the 11th, an order had been given to annihilate all party members, except children seven years and under (some accounts record the age limit as six). Why was this order given?
The Paiute Native Americans were leaving.
They were sick of the fighting.
They feared that the victims had seen a white man.
No one knows.
The surviving children were fostered in Mormon homes. What happened to most of the property and possessions of the deceased?
Auctioned to Mormons from within the Tithing House.
Given to those in need.
It was all burned.
Given to the Paiute as payment.
This man's involvement in the massacre is widely debated, to this day. He was the leader of the Mormons through the Utah War, including the Mountain Meadows and the Aiken massacres. Historians within the LDS church claim that he rejected the idea of attacking the party, but his letter arrived two days late, on Sept. 13, 1857. What is his name?
The government of the United States issued indictments and arrested several leaders of the local Mormon church and its militia. But, in the end, how many were actually convicted?
All of them.
They all escaped before trial.
None of them.
What happened to John D. Lee?
The Mormon leadership still denies involvement and refuses to apology.
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