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Rescue Companies (1856)

On 1856 October 7
Departed From
Salt Lake/Various, Utah
On 1856 December 15
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When Brigham Young learned on October 4, 1856, that more than a thousand people in two handcart and two wagon companies would be arriving very late in the season, he began a rescue effort to help bring them to Salt Lake City.  It involved hundreds of men, teams, and wagons. There is no single record of who went out on this rescue effort, and they did not all leave at the same time, so the names of the men who participated in this act of charity comes from various sources.

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