There were many speeches made in the Legislator to day. H. C. Kimball made a lengthy speech. He said that the thread was cut between us and the United States and it would never be tied together again. ... He said that [the] power of God would rest upon Gen Daniel H Wells when He went into the mountains to fight the Battles of this people as it never did before and upon all the officers & soldiers that was under his Command and they should prevail against his Enemies in all things.
[Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]