I attended the prayer Circle. Many remarks were made upon the subject of sending the US troops to this Territory. President Young said that our enemies will perish in their own Corruptions. ...
The US are fools to Come upon this people ... If the United States send out troops to fight us this season we shall whip them out. Then they will send out reinforcements. Then we shall have the Lamanites with us & the more the United states send out the wors off they will be for they will perish with Famine.
[Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]