"Pleasant Green Taylor, my wifes brother came to the tent wet thoroughly. ... He said also that there was a war between the United States and Mexico [the saints were fleeing the U.S., headed to Mexican territory] and a great excitement in the state about raising troops to March to the relief of General Taylor in Texas who had already had two battles with the Mexicans. I confess that I was glad to learn of war against the United States and was in hopes that it might never end untill they were entirely destroyed for they had driven us into the wilderness & was now laughing at our calamities."
[Diaries of Hosea Stout]