In September 1857, a party of emigrants camped beside a spring on a flat pasture in Utah, known as Mountain Meadows. Within days of their arrival, their wagon train – which included about 140 men, women and children – was attacked. Within a week, all except seventeen of the youngest children were dead. Those killed were unarmed and each of the men had been struck down simultaneously, not by the Indians present, but by a Mormon militiaman whose leader had, moments earlier, agreed to protect the emigrants from harm.
The Mountain Meadows Massacre took place on 11 September 1857. Until the Oklahoma bombing in 1995, it was the largest mass murder of United States citizens; even after ‘9/11' 2001, it remains the third largest.
All Who Can Tell presents a concise, chronological account of the massacre, based on the most illuminating eyewitness accounts. It also views the world as a whole, in order to expose the strong, underlying cause of the massacre.
The story is one of conflict, courage and controversy. The conflict is over; the courageous lie silent beneath the meadowland; but the controversy has yet to be resolved.
This is a 120 page, paperback book with over 40 illustrations.
ISBN 10 0-9554843-1-6 ISBN 978-0-95554843-1-5 £7.95
Terence Parker was born in India in 1939, the son of an infantry bandmaster. After short stays in the post-war devastation of London and in Warwick, his family settled in Swansea where he attended Bishop Gore Grammar School.
In 1957, after achieving top marks in the Armed Services Entrance Examination, he entered the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Commissioned into the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, he gained an Honours Degree in Electrical Engineering before serving in a variety of appointments in the United Kingdom, Europe and North America.
In 1983, shortly after remote but focal involvement in the Falklands Campaign as the Equipment Manager of Army Guided Weapons, he left the Army to become an administrator at Imperial College in London. Whilst there, he decided to investigate the fundamental cause of war. He completed his purely private research in 1986: a time when few people were interested in war.
In 1989, he rejoined the Ministry of Defence as a civilian, just in time to help prepare Britain's tanks for the first Gulf War. Now retired, he has time to review his research and remember many battlefield visits: Waterloo, Ypres, Gallipoli, Shiloh, Gettysburg, the Indian Mutiny flashpoints and the banks of the Little Bighorn River, to name but a few.