Colonel Patrick Edward Conner, commander at Ft.Douglas in Salt Lake City reports to his superiors: "Flag yesterday was the first raised by Brigham in this Territory. Was a signal to his people, who assembled armed to number of 1,500; two pieces of cannon. They are determined to have trouble, and are trying to provoke me to bring it on, but they will fail. They swear I shall not be re-enforced, and if attempted will cut them off in detail and attack me. I am not giving any cause of offence."
Rumors (unfounded) had been circulating that the army was going to arrest Brigham Young. In addition to the Mormon militia surrounding Young's residence there was also a telescope on top of the Beehive House trained on Ft. Douglas.