Dr. Richard E. Bennett, Professor of Church History and Doctrine at Brigham Young University, will be the featured speaker at the Miller-Eccles Study Group tonight, February 24, and tomorrow night, February 25, at two locations in Southern California on the topic of 19th Century American militias and Mormon militias.
Citizen militias are foreign to Americans in the 21st Century. But not in the 18th and 19th Centuries. Latter-day Saints are often mystified by Zionâ€™s Camp, by the militias in Missouri, by the Danites, by the Nauvoo Legion, and by militias in the early Utah period. Yet these aspects of Mormon history have their counterparts in American society at large. Dr. Bennettâ€™s studies will shed light on these topics and perhaps provide a framework for a fuller understanding of Mountain Meadows. Dr. Bennett writes, â€œI am just finishing my part of a collaborative study soon to be submitted for publication on early American militias, Mormon military activities in Missouri, and the Nauvoo Legion in particular. We are carefully addressing the charge of Mormon militancy in the early days of the Church.â€?
Dr. Bennett will address the topic at this event in Orange County tonight, and in LA County tomorrow night. For locations and directions, or to be added to the group’s e-mailing list, please contact Russ Frandsen by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.