1836 West Chester Chester County Pennsylvania, USA
Dec. 21, 1859 Fairfield Utah County Utah, USA
Private, Company B, 2nd US Dragoons Regiment. 5 feet, 8 inches tall, with sallow complexion, hazel eyes, and black hair. Previous occupation: Laborer. Enlisted 29 April 1857, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Died of disease.
In 1857, President James Buchanan decided to bring federal control to Utah Territory. The territory had been led by Mormon President Brigham Young, who acted as Territorial Governor. Responding to national outrage over the Mormon practice of plural marriage, President Buchanan replaced Brigham Young with Alfred Cumming, a notorious womanizer and drunkard, who quickly alienated the Mormons. The Mormons promptly ordered Governor Cumming out of the territory. In Sept 1857, a group of Mormons attacked a peaceful wagon train in southern Utah on its way to California and killed 140 persons, including women and small children (known as the Mountain Meadows Massacre). Anti-Mormon politicians believed that the Mormons were out of control and seeking a separate nation, and eastern newspapers soon picked up this story, fanning public opinion against the Mormons. President Buchanan then ordered the US Army to enter Utah, to restore peace and federal control. Under the command of Colonel Albert Sydney Johnston (later General, CSA) a force of 3,500 men marched from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, in 1858, and established Camp Floyd, Utah, near Fairfield (about 40 miles southwest of Salt Lake City). They remained there until July 1861, when the Civil War broke out and they were ordered back to Kansas. Eighty-four soldiers are buried in the local Camp Floyd cemetery.