Since retirement, I have indulged my love of history by study, research and travel. Many hours, miles and personal library additions have added to my knowledge of U.S. history, particularly the American Civil War and this peculiar event called the Utah War. It has been interesting to note the many officers and men of the army that came to Utah that had a significant impact on the Civil War for good and bad.
My great-grandfather was a member of the Nauvoo Legion, the Mormon militia sent up to the high plains of present-day Wyoming to delay (or perhaps prevent) the army from enetering the Great Salt Lake Valley in autumn 1857. He rode with both Porter Rockwell and Lot Smith and left a journal of his activities from which I will probably add some quotes here from time to time.