Mormon Cholera in 1849

Egan, traveling the south side in the midst of the fuirst great surge of the California gold rush, met company after company hurrying as if trying to outrace the taint of horror and death they carried in their wagons, and a lieutenant at Fort Kearney told him that between Independence and gGrand Island there had already been sixty cholera deaths. But among the Mormon companies who traveled the north bank, only four cholera deaths were reported, and the big company under Smith and Benson had no deaths whatever, from any cause.

The cholera even eased their way, for the Indians had fled from the deadly vicinity of the trail; and confirmed their self-righteousness, for they saw many Gentile graves rifled by the wolves, but not a single Mormon grave that had been touched.

Among the graves of those whose bones lie around bleaching in the sun, their flesh consumed by the ravenous wolves, we recognize the names of several noted mobocrats from the states of Missouri and Illinois … Among others we noticed at the South Pass of the Rocky Mountains, the grave of E. Dodd, of Gallatin, Missouri … The wolves had completely disinterred him. The clothes in which he had been buried lay strewed around. His under jaw bone lay in the grave with the teeth complete, the only remains that were discernible of him. It is believed he was the same Dodd who was a prominent mobocrat and who took an active part in the murder of the Saints at Haun’s Mill, Missouri. If so, it is a righteous retribution. Our God will surely inflict punishment upon the heads of our oppressors in His own due time and way.

Thus the post hoc ergo propter hoc of their tribal sense of wrong. These signs shall follow them that believe.