The Latter-day Saints and the Civil War

It was 150 years ago last month Brigham Young sent the first message by telegraph from the old Utah Territory.

Out East, the American Civil War was beginning to rage, so his short message was one of great import: “Utah has not seceded but is firm for the Constitution and laws of our once happy country."

I was reminded of this powerful message by a — mostly — fascinating blog post at the New York Times this week describing Abraham Lincoln’s relationship with the Latter-day Saints.

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