165 years ago today - Dec 10, 1858

[Wilford Woodruff]
I feel to acknowledge the Hand of God in all these things. The Lord has sustained us through the war ["Utah War"] and is now Sustaining us through the Courts & is thwarting all the designs of our Enemies in all their wicked designs against the Latter Day Saints. The Lord has given President Young wisdom to out general all the United States with their Armies Judges & Courts So that they have had no power over him or this people for which I feel to praise the name of the Lord.

President Young wished the Twelve who went to Fillmore to inquire into ... into the Case of McBrides sons who Bishop Bronson was jealeous were laying plans to kill him.

We made an estimate of some of the expenses of the war of the United States against the mormons. We made including soldiers teamsters & waiters for 1858: 12,730 Men

Russel & Wardles Government freight amounted to $5,445,468

20,400 Government waggons cost of each outfit $1,500 $9,180,000.00

Paid for 3,200 teamsters 480 dollars each 1,536,000.00

Paid 4,600 soldiers $300 each 1,380.000.00

Sum total for the Above four items $17,540,468.00 [$484 million, infation adjusted]

[Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

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