1853 - Mormons storm Fort Bridger

An early etching of Fort Bridger on the Oregon Trail

         Mormon's drive Bridger out of his fort on the Black River and later laid claim to the property, declaring they had paid for it.  When relations between the Mormons and the U.S. became severly strained in 1857, General Albert Sidney Johnston was sent to get control of the situation.

          Bridger was employed during that campaign as a scout.  He guided the army west from Fort Laramie, and after a prolonged siege, the army prevailed over the Mormon's and reoccupied Bridger's fort. 

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