The deep scar on this man's face is from a bullet from his dad's gun as he was allegedly trying to help a young girl during the Mormon Massacre.
JAMES PEARCE - A MORMON SHOOTER AND CLUBBER. In September 1857,
eighteen-year-old Pearce was a private in one of the platoons in his father's
(Harrison Pearce) company, Company I. The 1859 arrest warrant listed
Harrison Pierce but not James. In 1875 during the first trial of John D. Lee,
James Pearce was among several dozen witnesses who testified. Pearce
identified several militiamen in their party.
"To the honor of many of the men be it said,—the younger ones,
especially,—they refused to join in this horrible work, and some of
them made efforts to protect these helpless women from their fiend-like tormentors. I used often, while living in Payson, to see a man named Jim Pearce, whose face was deeply scarred by a bullet wound, made by his own father, while the brave young fellow was trying to assist a poor girl, who had appealed to him for succor." ( Wife #19 , by Ann Eliza Webb Young, 1875, p.248)