Henry William Bigler: Soldier, Gold Miner, Missionary, Chronicler, 1815-1900 (Western Experience Series)

by M. Guy Bishop
Henry William Bigler: Soldier, Gold Miner, Missionary, Chronicler, 1815-1900 (Western Experience Series)
ISBN 0874212545
  • Author:
    M. Guy Bishop
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    Henry William Bigler: Soldier, Gold Miner, Missionary, Chronicler, 1815-1900 (Western Experience Series)
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In 1998 Californians and others celebrated the sesquicentennial of James Marshall's discovery of gold, on January 24, 1848. Surprisingly, this date wasn't confirmed until many years later, when California historians contacted an obscure St. George, Utah, Mormon temple worker named Henry Bigler. He had been one of several Mormon Battalion veterans employed by John Sutter, under Marshall's supervision, to construct the mill that was the site of the gold discovery. And it turned out that Henry, diligent as he always was, had kept the most immediate and accurate record of that event, which stimulated the gold rush and dramatically affected the course of the American West. Bigler kept other journals and observed or participated in other significant events in early Mormon and western history, from the Nauvoo exodus through western trail-blazing with the Mormon Battalion to proselyting in mid-nineteenth century Hawaii. But with the exception of brief fame in California after his diary account became known - including an expenses-paid commemorative trip there - he led a life of obscurity and poverty.
Biographer Guy Bishop set out to recover the whole life of this unpretentious figure and thereby to see the context of such a modest westerner's participation in uncommon experiences.

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