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Published on Sep 16, 2015
In September of 1857, nearly 140 Arkansas emigrants camped near Enterprise in southwestern Utah. Local residents had heard rumors that the U.S. Army was en route to put down the growing Mormon movement, so the wagon train was viewed with suspicion and animosity. The Fancher-Baker Party was attacked without warning by Indians and later by local Mormon militia. In all, approximately 120 people were killed, mostly women and children. In 1877, 20 years after the mountain meadows massacre, participant John D. Lee was tried, convicted, and executed by a firing squad on the very spot that the Mountain Meadows Massacre took place. This engrossing documentary includes interviews with historians, reenactments, and photographs that tell all sides of the Mountain Meadows Massacre.