The Latter-day Saints had known persecution from the beginning, having been driven as a people from New York and then Ohio. In Missouri in 1838 the Saints thought they had found a home only to have hostilities erupt and escalate into a war of extermination against them. A few years later they left Nauvoo, Illinois for a new home over the Rocky Mountains. Here they hoped to be safe ever after from mobs. So imagine their shock and trepidation when they learned in July 1857 that there was a federal army coming against them. This event in history is seldom remembered but it was a dark time for the Latter-day Saints as a people. It was the Utah War! We begin with the Presidential Campaign of 1856.