Simpson’s Hollow

At this time a party of General Well’s militia under Major Lot Smith was scouting the trail in the neighborhood of Green River. On the night of October 4 they swooped down upon three Majors & Russell trains under John M. Dawson, R. W. Barrett, and Lewis Simpson. The bullwhackers had weapons and probably could have stood them off, but they didn’t lift a hand in self-defense. After allowing the captives to save their personal belongings, the Mormons burned the wagons and drove off the oxen. The bullwhackers walked twenty miles to Camp Winfield to report to James Rupe, General Agent for Majors & Russell. The loss was 72 wagons, 900 oxen, and 300,000 pounds of food supplies, enough to last the whole Army of Utah three months.