President Young said ... We will not have any Cursed scoundrel forced upon us to Judge or rule over us and they shall not Come among us.
If Johnson Comes with troops & intends to Come in I expet they will leave their baggage Battery & a company to guard it and come in on a forced march without it. Then we must not let them sleep but use them up [kill them] as soon as we Can. Work night and day & not let them sleep. ... I have sent word that if General Harney is on the way to get into Camp & kill him if Possible and take the Animals from Johnson if Possible & take Charge of the Goods train.
Presidet Young said I am glad of one thing ie this thing will be Just as the Lord wants it. If He wants them to Come & get killed it will be so. ... You will find when the Lord sees that we are willing to fight & get Just ready to shoot that He will fight our battles. ...
[Source: Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]