(MORMONISM). ~ Brigham Young from behind his Breastworks charging the United States Troops. Philadelphia: ‘For Sale at 217 Walnut St’, [c. 1858].
Single sheet lithograph c. 260 × 410 mm. Corners pasted to an album leaf, consequent slight creasing.
A rare anti-Mormon print, depicting Brigham Young fighting from behind an army of his wives, an inverted gender satire directed against polygamy and the current popular perception of Mormon defiance of the United States federal law in Utah. The Mormon defensive ‘breastworks’ are personified as an army of women, young and old. ‘To quell unruly Mormons who refused to obey Federal Laws, President Buchanan sent Col. Albert Johnson and 1,500 regular troops to Utah. Forced into winter camp by the lengthy march, the troops had to endure frequent raids from Mormon forces, one of which is depicted in an anonymous unrecorded cartoon’. Made in America: Printmaking, 1760-1860 (Library Company of Philadelphia, 1973), 81. Wordcat lists the American Antiquarian Society copy only.