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September Dawn (2007)

Country: USA, Canada

Genres: Drama, History, Western

Taglines: The untold story of an American tragedy.

Director: Christopher Cain

Writers: Christopher Cain, Carole Whang Schutter

Stars: Terence Stamp, Trent Ford, Krisinda Cain, Shaun Johnston, ...

A story set against the Mountain Meadows Massacre, the film is based upon the tragedy which occurred in Utah in 1857. A group of settlers, traveling on wagons, was murdered by the native Mormons. All together, about 140 souls of men, women and children, were taken. Amidst this, two young lovers-to-be, one a Mormon and the other one of the doomed settlers from Arkansas, develop a relationship in an atmosphere of suspicion and rancor.
Emily Hudson is one of the main characters in this film. However, the Hudsons left the wagon train before it reached Utah.
Nancy Dunlap (the "woman in pants who carries a gun") died in the massacre, not before. So did her husband, Lorenzo, who is said to have died before the movie's action takes place.
All of the people in the wagon train were from Arkansas. If there were any Missourians in this train, they were not known to share the Arkansans' fate.
There is a memorial dedicated to those who died in the massacre. It is in Washington County, Utah.
John D Lee had 19 wives and 67 children. At least eleven of his wives eventually left him.
There is evidence that twenty people may have survived the massacre, not including the 17 children that were spared intentionally.
WILHELM SCREAM: Heard at the 1:11 mark in the movie, when a Native American brave is shot.
The execution of John D. Lee was actually quite accurate. He was the only participant in the massacre that was ever tried, and after two trials, he was convicted. The army took him out to the massacre sight on March 23, 1877 (nearly twenty years after the
The remains of the victims were buried in the days following the massacre. However, the graves were so shallow that within days, many of the bodies were dug up by animals. Two years after the massacre, remains were gathered up from the area by a US army c
There were 55 women that Brigham Young was sealed to during his lifetime. 16 of them gave birth to Young's 57 children. While the majority of the sealings were "for eternity" (i.e., in the afterlife), some were "for time only" (until death). Young shared
In reality, Joseph Smith, Jr. had 24 wives. He and his first wife, Emma, had nine children: Alvin, who died shortly after birth, premature twins Thaddeus and Louisa, who only lived a few hours, Joseph and Julia, who were given to them to adopt after their
The execution of John D. Lee was actually quite accurate. He was the only participant in the massacre that was ever tried, and after two trials, he was convicted. The army took him out to the massacre sight on March 23, 1877 (nearly twenty years after the event occurred), made him dig his own grave, and then ordered a firing squad to execute him.
The remains of the victims were buried in the days following the massacre. However, the graves were so shallow that within days, many of the bodies were dug up by animals. Two years after the massacre, remains were gathered up from the area by a US army corps and buried. A monument was built over the grave, with a cross. "Vengence is mine, I will repay, saith the Lord" was inscribed on the cross.
In reality, Joseph Smith, Jr. had 24 wives. He and his first wife, Emma, had nine children: Alvin, who died shortly after birth, premature twins Thaddeus and Louisa, who only lived a few hours, Joseph and Julia, who were given to them to adopt after their own twins died, Joseph Smith III, Frederick Granger Williams Smith, Alexander Hale Smith, and David Hyrum Smith, born after Joseph's death. There is no evidence that he had children with any of his other wives.
There were 55 women that Brigham Young was sealed to during his lifetime. 16 of them gave birth to Young's 57 children. While the majority of the sealings were "for eternity" (i.e., in the afterlife), some were "for time only" (until death). Young shared his estate with the 16 surviving wives who had lived with him.