RETREATING TOWARD BRIDGER
NEWTON TUTTLE, 2 Nov 1857 – “Ephram Hanks with 30 men went Down to soldiers. They shot at Warren Snows men & hit some of there blankets &c. Just at night we moved up Blacks fork a bove the Fort 2 or 3 miles and campt.” 4 Nov 1857: “Snow & rain in camp. Warren Snows company have took 105 head of cattle from the enemy. Gosbeck & his company have Started in.” 5 Nov 1857: Snowy in camp all day. John Thomson & his men got back from the Mudy.
ANDREW JACKSON ALLEN, 4 Nov 1857– “Started the stock [about 300 head of cattle] toward Bridger, we got word the soaldiers camp ware moving toward Bridger, and we started amediately for Bridger. We sent an express to Bridger a head of us when we got out on the high land we could sea the soaldiers camp moving. We stopt at sun set and got supper, snow on the ground 4 inches deep and falling fast here one of our boys came up from the states and sais they intend to come into the valley.”
CAPT. JESSE A. GOVE, letters to his wife: 3 Nov 1857, camp on Ham's Fork: "Col. Johnston arrived in camp about one mile below the 10th and about 2 miles below our division. " 4 Nov 1857: "What Col. J. intends to do no one knows. It is rumored, however, that he is going to Salt Lake City if it is a possibility. I hope so."
HENRY BALLARD, 4 Nov 1857: “In camp it was very cold. News came that our boys had taken some more cattle, and the soilders had moved 4 miles up Blacks fork toward Bridger.”
Special correpondent to the NEW YORK TRIBUNE (In the army camp) – 5 Nov 1857: “There is but one alternative. Either the laws of the United States are to be subverted and its Territory appropriated by a gang of traitorous lechers, who have declared themselves to constitute a ‘free and independent State’ or Salt Lake City must be entered at the point of the bayonet, and the ringleaders of the Mormon rebellion seized and hung. Whether the entrance can be effected this year is a matter of great uncertainty. My own opinion is that it cannot.”