IMPORTANT FROM UTAH
THE MORMONS PACIFIED.
THE TROOPS MARCHING TO SALT LAKE.
Gen. Johnston's Proclamation.
ST. LOUIS, Tuesday, July 13, 1858.
Trustworthy advices from Utah, under date of June 18, state that the conditions agreed upon at the conference between Gov. Cumming, the Peace Commissioners and the heads of the Mormon Church are, that the troops shall enter the city without opposition, that the civil officers shall be permitted to perform their duties without interrup-tion, and that unconditional obedience shall be paid to the laws of the land, while on the other hand past offenses are to be forgiven, as was stated in the President's proclamation.
All the houses in the city had been closed against both civil officers and strangers, except one, which was occupied by the Governor and his family. Everybody else were obliged to sleep in their wagons or on the ground. The persons in the city were Gov. Cumming, Secretary Hartness, Messrs. Powell and McCulloch, the Peace Commissioners; Dr. Forney, Superintendent of Indian Affairs; Mr. Craig, Indian Agent; Mr. Dodson, Marshal of the Territory; Mr. Brown, the special correspondent of THE TRIBUNE, with Messrs. Simonton and Fill-more of New-York.
OFFICIAL DISPATCHES FROM THE PEACE COM-MISSIONERS AND GEN. JOHNSTON TO THE WAR DEPARTMENT. LETTER FROM THE PEACE COMMISSIONERS TO THE SECRETARY OF WAR.
GREAT SALT LAKE CITY, U. T., June 12, 1858.
DEAR SIR: We have the honor to report that we reached this city on the 7th inst. We lost no time in placing ourselves in communication with the chief men of the Mormon people. After the fullest and freest conference with them, we are pleased to state that, we have settled the unfortunate difficulties exist-ing between the Government of the United States and the people of Utah. We are informed by the people; and chief men of the Territory that they will cheer-fully yield obedience to the Constitution and laws of the United States. They cheerfully consent chat the civil officers of the Territory shall sister upon the discharge of their respective duties. They will make no resistance to the army of the United States in its march to the valley of Salt Lake or elsewhere. We have their assurance that no resistance will be made to the officers, civil or military, of the United States, in the exercise of their various functions in the Terri-tory of Utah.
The people have abandoned all the settlements north of this, and all the families have left the city, only about 1,500 persons remaining here to take charge of the property, and to burn it if the difficulties had not been settled, The people from this city and north of it have gone south to Provo, fifty miles south of this, and to points beyond. We will visit Provo and the settlements south in a day or two, and see and confer with the people, and inform them that the diffi-culties have been settled, and thus induce them to re-turn to their homes.
We have written Gen. Johnston by the messenger: that will bear this, informing him of what had been done, and that he could march his army to the valley wherever he desired to do so. We intend to remain and visit the people and converse with them until Gen. Johnston's army arrives. We think it important that we remain until the army is located in the valley. We have but a moment to write, as the express will start in a few moments. We will in a few days forward a detailed report.
We have the honor to be, very respectfully,
Your obedient servants
L. W. Powell,
BEN. McCULLOCH, }
Commissioners to Utah.
To the Hon. JOHN B. FLOYD, Secretary of War, Washington, D. C.
DISPATCH OF GEN. JOHNSTON TO THE WAR DEPART-MENT.
HEADQUARTERS, DEPARTMENT OF UTAH,
CAMP ON BEAR RIVER, U. T., June 16,1858. }
MAJOR: I have the honor to report that the march of the army of Utah commenced on the 13th inst. The advance, composed of the 2d Dragoons, commanded by Col Cooke; the Volunteer Battalion, commanded by Lieut.-Col. Bee; and Phelps's Light Battery, ar-rived here on the 14th inst.; the 5th infantry, Col. Waite, commanding, and Reno's Battery, on the 15th, accompanied by a part of the supply train. To-day the 10th Infantry, commanded by Col. Alexander, and a battalion composed of one company of cavalry, one company of mounted rifles, three companies of the 3d, two companies of the 6th and one company of the 7th Infantry, commanded by Col. Loring, will arrive with the remainder of the supply train.
The river rises during the night, but can be forded in the afternoon. The crossing, therefore, of the dragoons, volunteers and train, was not effected till yesterday evening. An old bridge above the ford was sufficiently repaired to enable Capt. Phelps to pass his pieces and caissons over by hand. This evening Capt. Reno's battery will be crossed in the same way. The 5th Infantry and trains will cross, his evening, and if there is time afterward, the 10th Infantry, Col. Loring's battalion and trains, will also cross, and the march will be resumed to-morrow, in the order directed by my order of this date, here with. The march to the Valley will be made in five days.
On the day of my arrival at this place I received a communication from the United States Commissioners, the Hon. L. W. Powell and Major Ben McCulloch, of which the inclosed is a copy. I have the honor to transmit a copy of my reply, and also a copy of a few remarks which it was thought I should address to the people to allay an unfounded apprehension prevailing among them.
Captain Newton of the Engineer Corps, was de-tached yesterday, with an escort of an officer and thirty men, and the most experienced guide of the mountains, James Bridger, to examine thoroughly the country from this point to the head of Muddy Greek, which flows into Bear River. I believe the elevated table land between this and the western end of the Cache Valley can be ascended by easy gradations, and that the opposite side can be descended into Cache Valley without difficulty. If a good road should be found practicable, as I expect, I would re-spectfully suggest that the commander of the forces here may be authorised to order its construction im-mediately. The only communication between import-ant districts should not long be allowed to continue through long and difficult cañons easily obstructed.
The health of the troops continues excellent.
With great respect, your obedient servant,
A. S. J0HNSTON, Colonel 2d Cavalry, and Brevet Brigadier General United States Army Commanding. To Major IRVIN MCDOWELL, Assistant Adjutant General, Head-quarters of the Army, West Point, New-York.
LETTER FROM THE PEACE COMMISSIONERS TO GEN. JOHNSTON.
GREAT SALT LAKE CITY,
UTAH TERRITORY, June 12, 1858. }
DEAR SIR: We have the pleasure of informing you that after a full and free conference with the chief men of the Territory, we are informed by them that they will yield obedience to the Constitution and laws of the United States; that they will not resist the execu-tion of the laws in the Territory of Utah; that they cheerfully consent that the civil officers of the Terri-tory shall enter upon the discharge of their respective duties; and that they will make no resistance to the army of the United States in its march to the valley of Salt Lake or elsewhere. We have their assurance that no resistance will be made to the officers, civil or military, or the United States, in the exercise of their various functions in the Territory of Utah.
The houses, fields and gardens of the people of this Territory, particularly in and about Salt Lake City are very insecure, The animals of your army would cause great destruction of property if the greatest care should not be observed in the march and in the selec-tion of camps. The people of the Territory are some-what uneasy for fear the army, when it shall reach the valley, would not properly respect their persons and property. We have assured them that neither their persons nor property would be injured or molested by the army under your command.
We would respectfully suggest, in consequence of this feeling of uneasiness, that you issue a proclama-tion to the people of Utah, stating that the army un-der your command would not trespass upon the rights or property of peaceable citizens during the sojourn in or the march of your army through the Territory. Such a proclamation would greatly allay the existing anxiety and fear of the people, and cause those who have abandoned their homes to return to their houses and farms.
We have made inquiry aborts grass, wood, &c., ne-cessary for the subsistence and convenience of your army. We have conversed with Mr. Ficklin fully on this subject, and given him all the information we have, which he will impart to you.
We respectfully suggest that you march to the val-ley as soon as it is convenient for you to do so.
We have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servants,
L. W. Powell,
BEN McCULLOCH. }
Commissioners of Utah.
Gen. A. S JOHNSTON, commanding army of Utah, Camp Scott, Utah Territoty.
GEN. JOHNSTON'S REPLY TO THE PEACE COMMIS-SIONERS.
HEADQUARTERS, DEPARTMENT OF UTAH,
CAMP ON BEAR RIVER, June 14,1858.
GENTLEMEN: Your communication from Salt Lake City was received today. The accomplishment of the object of your mission entirely in accordance with the instructions of the President, the wisdom and for-bearance of which you have so ably displayed to the people of the Territory, will, I hope, lead to a more just appreciation of their relations to the General Gov-ernment and the establishment of the supremacy of the laws. I learn with surprise that uneasiness is felt by the people as to the treatment that they may re-ceive from the army. Acting under the twofold obli-gations of citizens and soldiers, we may be supposed to-comprehend the rights of the people and to be suffi- ciently mindful of the obligations of our oaths not to disregard the laws which govern us as a military body. A reference to them will show with what jealous care the General Government has guarded the rights of citizens against any encroachment. The army has duties to perform here in execution of the Department of War, which, from the nature of them, cannot lead to interference with the people in their various pur-suits, and if no obstruction is presented to the dis-charge of those duties, there need not be the slightest apprehension that any person whatever will have cause of complaint against it.
The army will continue its march from this position on Thursday, 17th inst., and reach the valley in five days. I desire to encamp beyond the Jordan on the day of arrival in the valley.
With great respect, your obedient servant,
A. S. JOHNSTON, Colonel 2d Cavalry, and brevet Brigadier-General U. S. Army, commanding.
To the Hon. L. W. Powell and Major Ben. McCulloch, United States Commissioners to Utah.
GEN. JOHNSTON'S PROCLAMATION TO THE PEOPLE OF UTAH.
The Commissioners of the United States, deputed by the President to urge upon the people of this Territory the necessity of obedience to the Constitution and laws, as enjoined by his proclamation, have this day informed me that there will be no obstruction to the administration and execution of the laws of the Fed-eral Government, nor any opposition on the part of the people of this Territory to the military force of the Government in the execution of their orders. I there-fore feel it incumbent on me, and have great satisfac-tion in doing so, to assure those citizens of the Terri-tory who, I learn, apprehend from the army ill-treat-ment, that no person whatever will be in anywise inter-fered with or molested in his person or rights, or in the peaceful pursuit of his avocation; and should protec-tion be needed, that they will find the army always faithful to the obligations of duty, as ready now to assist and protect them as it was to oppose them while it was believed they were resisting the laws of their Government. A. S. JOHNSTON,
Colonel 2d Cavalry and brevet Brig. Gen. commanding.
ORDER OF MARCH OF THE ARMY.
HEADQUARTERS, DEPARTMENT OF UTAH,
CAMP ON BEAR RIVER, U. T., June 16,1858, }
The army will continue the march to-morrow and daily hereafter till arrival in Salt Lake Valley, in the following order, each command being followed imme-diately by its train and a proportion of the supply train:
Brevet Col. P. F. Smith's battalion, constituting the advanced guard, at 5 a. m.; 10th Infantry and Phelps's Battery at 5:15 a. m.; 5th Infantry and Reno's Battery at 5: 45 am.; Col. Loring's battalion of Mounted Riflemen, 1st Cavalry, 3d, 6th and 7th Infantry, at 6: 15 a. m. ; Volunteers at 6: 30 a. m.; 2d Dragoons, constituting the rear guard, at 7 a. m. Commanders of regiments and battalions will order the guards of their respective trains. The head-quarters will be with tbe advance.
By order of Brevet Brig. Gen. A. S. Johnston.
F. J. PORTER, Assistant Adjutant General.
THE LATEST FROM THE ARMY. MOVEMENT OF THE TROOPS TOWARD SALT LAKE CITY—ECHO CAÑON PASSED.
CAMP ON WEBER RIVER, June 21. 1858. This detachment of the army is moving on finely, and will be at the headquarters of the Mormons in four or five days from this time; but there is not the slightest chance for a fight. We have passed Echo Cañon, where the Mormons expected to annihilate us.
One hundred and fifty of the Saints passed us this morning en route for Salt Lake City. They went en-tirely around us. It is thought that they are a party of returning Mormon missionaries.
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