Ten companies of Mormon emigrants made the trip by handcart from Iowa City to Utah – the first five in 1856. The first three companies made the trip in relatively good shape; the number of deaths and injuries was about the same as would have been expected in a typical wagon train. The fourth and fifth companies, led by Captains James G. Willie and Edward Martin, respectively, were quite another story. You will better understand and appreciate the struggle of those who were overtaken by inevitable severe weather along the Sweetwater River in what is now west-central Wyoming. Read the accounts of William Woodward and Levi Savage, members of the James G. Willie Handcart Company who faithfully kept daily accounts of their journey in the late summer and fall of 1856.