Weep Not for Me Mother

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 02
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about the early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1970
Type Text
Format application/pdf
Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
ARK ark:/87278/s6251g92
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-24
Date Modified 2005-02-24
ID 324215
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6251g92

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Title Weep Not for Me Mother
Description Peter spoke often of his mother's love for him. "Many times," he said, "she gave me her last egg to spend with the other boys, making sure I would not be tempted to steal one." The family would kneel in prayer at sundown. Peter's mother would pray in Danish for an hour it seemed till everyone's knees were sore. They were grateful to be in Manti and to have been protected in their journey. When Peter, an only son of Erick's first wife Maren, was twenty years old, he said to his mother, "Don't think, so much of me. Something may happen to me and you could never stand it." These were unsettled times between the White and Indians of the valley. It was necessary for Manti to have guard posts set up. The boys were mustered in for guard duty, and Peter volunteered. Three posts were set up-one on Temple Hill, one on the Red Point, and one in the center of town (north, across from the Sorenson Factory) in a hay loft. Peter and three others were at the latter post. One would stand guard while three slept. When trouble came, a trumpet was to be sounded that could be heard throughout the town. On April 10, 1865 a trumpet did sound at the South Post alarming the boys. They slid down a pole in the center of the barn - directly below the horses were ready to go. The four boys rode south of Sterling to protect some cattle. Peter was the first there and the first to fall to a Black Hawk arrow adn thereby became the first man to die in the Black Hawk War. His body, savagely severed down the spine as one would butcher a hog, was hung in a tree and his clothing was burned. The boys who followed him went for help when they saw what had been done. In kindness to his mother, they tore white strips of cloth and wrapped around his body, to save her from the shock of seeing him. She was never told how badly his body was mutilated. Peter had a sweetheart who died shortly after he was killed. The parents of the couple had them sealed as husband and wife after the completion of the Manti Temple. Peter had an old dog he called Shag. After his body was brought home, Shag never left his master's side. After his burial, the dog was seen each night going to the Manti cemetery where he slept on the grave. At dawn - 27 -
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol. 2
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 324213
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6251g92/324213