Soda Springs in Caribou County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
Niels Anderson ---- Mary Christoﬀersen Anderson
At South Weber, Utah, June 13-15, 1862, Mr. and Mrs. Anderson were in "The Morrisite Massacre." Mrs. Anderson's chin was shot away with a cannon ball that killed Mrs. Barbara Deithelm and Mrs. Joseph (?) Marsh, fired by Gen. Robert T. Burton's Mormon Militia into a bowery of unarmed "Morrisites ", June 13, because they refused to obey "Brigham's" decrees, after Johnston's Army had left Utah on account of the Civil War. Mrs. J.L. Bear and her baby were killed with another cannonball. Then many Morrisites with their old guns tried resistance. On the third day, all surrendered under a white flag.
Dow's affidavit says: Burton shot Morris, Banks, Mrs. James Bowman and another woman, after they surrendered. Ten "Morrisites" were killed and one "Mormon." The Prisoners were to be tried at the next term of court held by Chief Justice Kinney, a Mormon. In the mean time Gov. Harding, associate Justices Waite, Drake, Col. Connor and volunteers arrived.
"Seven Morrisites" were sentenced to imprisonment from "ten to fifteen years," "Sixty-six" heavily fined.
"We", wrote Gov. Harding in 1871, "attended through the trial which was nothing but a mockery. Burton admitted his shooting the prisoners, … had I been on the bench I should have had him arrested…; but it would have been useless. The jurors would all be Mormons, and recognize no law but the commands of ‘authority'.
"Petitions were gotten up for the unconditional pardon of the Morrisites which were signed by all the gentiles,... not a Mormon signed them. ...
"I issued the pardon, ... some mounted mortars ... commanding the Bee-Hive house and Lion house, made things tolerably smooth on the surface," Brigham Young June 15, as by H.P. McLane, said, "that Morris and Banks will be taken I have
R.W.Young writing for the "contributor," of 1890, for the Mormon Mutual Improvement Association says: "The … action of the governor was followed … in course of time, by persecution of Gen. Burton. ... A grand jury was led in … 1870, to bring in an indictment for murder..., and ...(he) thought himself compelled by circumstances to evade arrest … later, another indictment was found against Gen. Burton ..., He made no attempt to escape,…"
Between these two indictments a ruling had "provided in substance for juries half Mormon and half Gentile."
This Young says "the prosecution labored long, and," "clouds of witnesses were brought forth," "to persuade the jury," "one half being non-Mormon," that Burton killed Mrs. Bowman.
This case was no. 3109, U.S. vs. Burton for "murder 1st degree," set for trial 1st day of Feb. term 1879. March 8 -- indictment dismissed. This was one of the three indictments against him.
It was asked:
Abraham Christopher Anderson, Ida Collett, Anna Christina Rogers, David Andrew Anderson, Abelone Larsen, Peter William Anderson, Niels Christian Anderson, Mary Amelia Verham.
Erected by The Anderson family.
Location. 42° 39.396′ N, 111° 36.372′ W. Marker is in Soda Springs, Idaho, in Caribou County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of West Center Street and South 1st Street West. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 164 West Center Street, Soda Springs ID 83276, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Wagon Box Grave of 1861 (a few steps from this marker); Not A Walk In The Park... (within shouting distance of this marker); Ground Observation Corps Soda Springs Post (within shouting distance of this marker); Ground Observer Corps National Planning (within shouting distance of this marker); "It Roars Like a Mad Dragon" Ground Observer Corps National Campaign (about 300 feet away); The Springs of Soda Springs (about 400 feet away); Father De Smet Monument (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Soda Springs.
More about this marker. The Anderson cemetery plot is located in Fairview Cemetery. It will take some wandering to locate the marker.
Also see . . . Morrisite War. The Morrisites, or as they syled themselves "The Church of the Firstborn" were an apostate splinter group which had branched off the Church... Joseph Morris, self acclaimed prophet and leader of the Morrisites,... recorded his first official revelation (in 1857)... About two hundred former LDS Church members subsequently became disciples of Morris... Robert T. Burton, acting in the dual capacity of deputy U.S. Marshal and Colonel of the Nauvoo Legion rode with a posse of about two hundred deputies and Legionaires to capture Joseph Morris and other cult leaders and bring them to Salt Lake City to stand trial... After growing weary of the Morrisites' delay in responding to his demands, Burton ordered two warning shots to be fired to speed up the decision... some Morrisites returned the fire, killing Jared Smith of the posse. (Submitted on October 11, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
Additional keywords. Morrisite War
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 11, 2018. This page originally submitted on October 11, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 28 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 11, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.