The Chain of Command,
as it relates to the Mountain Meadows Massacre of 1857

Brigham Young,
Governor of Utah, Superintendent of Indian Affairs in Utah, and President of the LDS Church
      The Twelve Apostles of the 
LDS Church
(including George A. Smith, "the father of southern Utah")

General Daniel H. Wells,
Commander-in Chief of the territorial militia, the Nauvoo Legion

(Wells coordinated the efforts to convict Lee in the second trial)


Col. William H. Dame,
head of the Iron County Brigade,
the military force in southern Utah


Lt. Col. Isaac C. Haight,
second in command of the Iron County Brigade and President of the Cedar City Stake of Zion (the senior ecclesiatical authority in southern Utah)


Major John H. Higbee,
major in the Iron militia and the first counselor to Isaac Haight (and the man who ordered that the massacre begin)

Adjutant Daniel McFarland
John D. Lee and others of lesser rank in the Nauvoo Legion, including Philip Klingensmith (the Bishop of Cedar City), Samuel McMurdy, William Bateman, Nelphi Johnson, and Samuel Knight

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