A Young Folks' History of the Church
program, gentlemen, whether you like it or not. If you want war, you can have it; but, if
you want peace, peace it is; and we shall be glad of it." After the meetings the brethren
went back to the Saints in the south.
June 26, 1858, "Johnston's Army," marched through Salt Lake City. All day long the
troops and trains passed through the city. The only sounds heard was the noise made by
the horses' hoofs and the roll of the wagons. The city seemed as if dead. Hardly a person
was seen on the streets. Quietly and orderly the soldiers marched on. Colonel Cooke,
once the commander of the Mormon Battalion, bared his head as he rode through the
streets in honor of the brave "Mormon" boys who had marched under his command.
The army camped that night across the Jordan, and then continued its march to Cedar
Valley, thirty-six miles south of the city. About two years later, the soldiers went back to
the east where they took part in the great Civil War. The commander, Albert Sidney
Johnston, fought on the side of the south, and fell in the great battle of Shiloh.
The Saints returned to their homes in July, 1858. Thus again, the Lord preserved his
people, and protected them from their enemies.
Topics.—1. The mission of Colonel Kane. 2. Governor Cumming installed. 3. Meeting
with peace commissioners. 4. The move south. 5. The entrance of the army.
Questions and Review.—1. What did Colonel Kane do at Washington? 2. What was his
mission to Utah? 3. Where was the army camped? 4. Who was Governor Cumming? 5.
What did Colonel Kane get the governor to do? 6. What did the governor find in Salt
Lake City? 7. Why did the Saints move south? 8. What did they propose doing if the
army came to harm them? 9. What were Governor Cumming's feelings? 10. Tell about
the meeting with the peace commissioners. 11. Describe the march of the army through
Salt Lake City. 12. Where did the soldiers camp? 13. When did they leave Utah, and
where did they go?