165 years ago today - Oct 5, 1857

Lot Smith leads the Nauvoo Legion on a guerrilla-style attack on the provision wagons of the U.S. Army. Fifty-two wagons belonging to outfitters Russell, Majors and Waddell are burned. The government never reimburses the outfitters and in 1860 they form the Pony Express to earn a government mail contract to keep them from falling into bankruptcy.

[Wikipedia, Utah War, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utah_War#Timeline_of_events]

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