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ORIGINAL STONE CAIRN AT THE MOUNTAIN MEADOWS MASSACRE SITE
 


Erected 20 May 1859


From the Special Report On The Mountain Meadow Massacre, by Brevet Major J. H. Carleton,
May 25, 1859

"On the 20th instant, I took a wagon and a party of men and made a thorough search for others amongst the sage bushes for at least a mile back from the road that leads to Hamblin's house. Hamblin, himself, shewed Sergeant Fritz, of my party, a spot on the right hand side of the road where he had partially covered up a great many of the bones. These were collected, and a large number of others on the left hand side of the road, up the slope of the hill, and in the ravines and among the bushes. I gathered many of the disjointed bones of thirty-four persons. The number could easily be told by the number of pairs of shoulderblades, and by lower jaws, skulls, and parts of skulls, etc., etc.

These, with the remains of two others, gotten in a ravine to the east spring, where they had been interred at but little depth, 34 in all, I buried in a grave on the northern side of the ditch. Around and above this grave, I caused to be built of loose granite stones, hauled from the neighboring hills, a rude monument, conical in form and fifty feet in circumference at the base and twelve feet in height.   

This is surmounted by a cross, hewn from red cedar wood, from the ground to the top of the cross is twenty-four feet. On the transverse part of the cross, facing towards the north, is an inscription carved deeply in the wood: "Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord."     

And on a rude slab of granite, set in the earth and leaning against the northern base of the monument, there are cut the following words:

HERE 120 MEN, WOMEN, AND CHILDREN
WERE MASSACRED IN COLD BLOOD,
EARLY IN SEPTEMBER, 1857

THEY WERE FROM ARKANSAS."


Stone Cairn Circa 1899

In 1932 the Utah Trails and Landmarks Association built a protective stone wall around the 1859 stone cairn grave site in September 1932, and installed a BRONZE MARKER. This Associationís president was George Albert Smith of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and later President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.   

In 1999, under the direction of President Gordon B. Hinckley and with the cooperation of the Mountain Meadows Association, and others, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints replaced the 1932 wall and installed the present 1999 Grave Site Memorial. On August 3, 1999,  workers excavating for the wall around the new monument accidently uncovered the 1859 Carleton grave. On September 10th, 1999, the remains recovered from that grave were re-interred in a burial vault inside the new wall, during a private ceremony. The monument was dedicated the following day, September 11, 1999.

Also see:

1932 Marker
1990 Monument
1999 Monument

2011 Men and Boys Memorial

 


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