Wilford Woodruff's 1861 reflections, examiner.com
... This year has brought to pass much of the fulfillment of the predictions of the Ancient and Modern Prophets of God. See this Journal Jan 1st 1861. I there declaired as a Prophetic Historian that this year would be the most distressing year America Ever saw since they were an independant Nation. Time has proven it so.
[description of the unfolding civil war]
The State of Missouri whare the Saints have received there persecutions is now the great Battlefield of the west. It is now man against man & neighbor against Neighbor. They who have spoiled the Saints are now being spoiled. Independance, & Jackson County Missouri. is nearly destroyed. It is the Case with many parts of the State. The Lord has taken peace from the Earth and all Nations are Still preparing for war.
The Lord has pointed out the fate of this Nation in the Book of Mormon and Doctrins & Covenants. He has said that when they became ripened in iniquity they should be Cut off. That day has Come. There Cup of iniquity is full. The whole Nation Rulers and people are filled with Corruption befor God And the president & Senate of the United States are sending men to Utah to rule over this people as a Govornor & Judges who are so Corrupt that they are a Hiss & bye word and a stink in the Norstrills of all people in the Streets.
The American Nation as a United States Government is doomed To destruction and No power Can save it. They have forfeited all right and title to Redemption or Salvation at the Hand of the Lord or his Saints. It is decreed that the measure which they have meeted out unto the Saints shall be meeted unto them and they are hastening unto there work of desolation, war, Bloodshed, & destruction and wo, wo, is ther doom.
The spirit of Prophecy would Cry O, Lord, Hasten thy work. Let the wicked slay the wicked untill the whole land is Clensed from the Corruption, sin, abomination, and wickedness which now reigns upon the face of the whole Earth. May thy Judgments Continue to be poured out upon this land of North America untill the Blood of Prophets & Saints is avenged before the Lord and thy words fulfilled upon the Land of Joseph. Take away the sceptre rule and Government from the wicked & Corrupt and give it into the Hands of the Just even thy Saints, that they may rule in righteousness before thee. Give thy oppressed people O Lord the privilege of appointing there own Governor, Judges, and Rulers, from this time forth that thy Kingdom may be Esstablished upon the Earth, and the poor rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.