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October 4, 2012

Oct. 4, 1857 U. S. Army Supply Wagons Burned

Filed under: Documentation,Historical Material,Of Interest,Uncategorized — Stephen Shepherd @ 7:48 am

Wagon Train burned in 1857

[Property Destroyed By The Mormons]

List of subsistence stores in supply teams (Russell & Waddell’s) Nos. 5, 9, and 10 burnt by the Mormons at Green River, Utah, in the night of October 4, 1857.

2,720 pounds ham

92,700 pounds bacon                          No. of Rations 115,875

167,900 pounds flour                                                 149,244

270 pounds beans                                                       108,000

8,580 pounds Rio coffee                                            143,000

330 pounds Java coffee

1,400 pounds crushed sugar

2,970 gallons vinegar                                                 297,000

800 pounds sperm candles                                         80,000

13,333 pounds soap                                                    333,325

84 gallons molasses

134 bushels dried peaches

68,832 rations dessicated [sic] vegetables

705 pounds tea                                                            52,875

7,781 pounds hard bread                                            7,781

6 lanterns

H.F. Clarke

Capt. And C’s  U.S.A.

Made from bills of lading, Oct 10, 1857

Inventory of items burned during the raid by Lot Smith, et al.  For a total of approximately 323,339 pounds and at 5,000 pounds per wagon would be about 65 wagons.  This was during the largely forgotten Utah War when the President sent 2500 military troops [reinforced with another 3000] to eliminate the Mormon problem, fortunately cooler heads prevailed.

I wonder what that fire smelled like?

Stephen

 

4 Comments »

  1. For the Mormons, it probably smelled like victory. For the rest of the nation, it probably smelled like a fantastic breakfast. 92,000 pounds of bacon?

    Comment by Zach Dillinger — October 4, 2012 @ 9:46 am

  2. The real crime was this line:

    330 pounds Java coffee

    Oh the HUMANITY!

    Comment by Brander Roullett — October 4, 2012 @ 10:53 am

  3. 0.8 lbs of bacon per serving…seems a little skimpy to me

    Comment by John Snyder — October 4, 2012 @ 3:51 pm

  4. 100 years later to the day, Sputnik went up. I remember a fear of a different kind of fire then (I was a lad of 7).
    And on October 4 of a later year, I got married.

    Mike

    Comment by Mike Hamilton — October 4, 2012 @ 8:10 pm

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