165 years ago today - Mar 17, 1856

The 2nd proposal for Statehood for the State of Deseret was rejected due to growing anti-Mormon sentiment and complaints that unbelievers were said to be mistreated and that the Territorial Government was a shadow or puppet government for the real power or theocratic dictatorship directed by leaders of the Mormon Church ( the latter charge is surely true ). President James Buchanan sends a military army to replace Brigham Young with Alfred Cummings. Johnsons Army was the largest piece-time military effort to ever be sent to squash a civil rebellion, and thus dangerously depleted Union troops just prior to the nations most-encompassing military conflict, the US Civil War.

[Tungate, Mel, Mormon Polygamy, http://www.tungate.com/polygamy.htm]

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