Other Committies met but their were so many of the Brethren gone to the Mountains to meet the Enemy that but little is doing in the fair.
At 6 oclok this morning the drums beat & an army of soldiers parraded in our streets of some 400 who were in readiness to march at a moments warning to the seat of war when ordered. We have about 800 men in the Mountains. It is a solmum time. The Armies of the Gentiles are making war upon us because of our religion & we have to defend ourselves against a Nation of 25,000,000 of people & the war has just Commenced. We have to trust in God for the result. We shall do what we Can & leave the work in his hands. Their is a still solemnity resting over our City. All are anxiously awaiting the arival of the express. I told President Young that I was on hand any moment to go into the mountains that He would say the word.
I walked up in the evening to the presidents office & learned that the Calafornia Mail had arived. I heard some letters read one stating that the Government had made arangements to send up light drafts?] boats up the Colorado river with men & arms against us from that point. I read several paper during the evening.
[Source: Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]