One of the largest civilian massacres in the history of our country occurred at Mountain Meadows, South of Cedar City, Utah on September 11, 1857. The victims of the massacre were 121 men, women, and children of a California-bound wagon train under the leadership of Captain Alexander Fancher and Captain John Twitty Baker. All of the families were from Benton, Carroll, Johnson, and Marion Counties of Northwest Arkansas.
After the 54 members of the Iron County Militia finished their grisly act at dusk on September 11, the bodies of the massacre victims were left exposed to the ravages of birds and wild animals.
Seventeen children, seven years and younger, were spared the fate of their parents and siblings because of a religious doctrine of “innocent blood,” A wagon containing the children delivered them to Jacob Hamblin’s ranch at the north end of Mountain Meadows.