JS, History, 1838–1856, vol. C-1, created 24 Feb. 1845–3 July 1845; handwriting of , , Jonathan Grimshaw, and ; 512 pages, plus 24 pages of addenda; CHL. This is the third volume of a six-volume manuscript history of the church. This third volume covers the period from 2 Nov. 1838 to 31 July 1842; the remaining five volumes, labeled A-1, B-1, D-1, E-1 and F-1, continue through 8 Aug. 1844.
This document, “History, 1838–1856, volume C-1 [2 November 1838–31 July 1842],” is the third of six volumes of the “Manuscript History of the Church” (in The Joseph Smith Papers the “Manuscript History” bears the editorial title “History, 1838–1856”). The completed six-volume collection covers the period from 23 December 1805 to 8 August 1844. The narrative in this volume commences on 2 November 1838 with JS and other church leaders being held prisoner by the “’s forces” at , Missouri, and concludes with the death of Bishop at , Illinois, on 31 July 1842. For a more complete discussion of the entire six-volume work, see the general introduction to this history.
Volume C-1 was created beginning on or just after 24 February 1845 and its narrative was completed by 3 May 1845, although some additional work continued on the volume through 3 July of that year (Richards, Journal, 24 and 28 Feb. 1845; Historian’s Office, Journal, 3 May 1845; 3 and 4 July 1845). It is in the handwriting of and contains 512 pages of primary text, plus 24 pages of addenda. Additional addenda for this volume were created at a later date as a supplementary document and appear in this collection as “History, 1838-1856, volume C-1 Addenda.” Compilers and Thomas Bullock drew heavily from JS’s letters, discourses, and diary entries; meeting minutes; church and other periodicals and journals; and reminiscences, recollections, and letters of church members and other contacts. At JS’s behest, Richards maintained the first-person, chronological-narrative format established in previous volumes, as if JS were the author. , , , and others reviewed and modified the manuscript prior to its eventual publication in the Salt Lake City newspaper Deseret News.
The historical narrative recorded in volume C-1 continued the account of JS’s life as prophet and president of the church. Critical events occurring within the forty-five-month period covered by this text include the Mormon War; subsequent legal trials of church leaders; expulsion of the Saints from Missouri; missionary efforts in by the and others; attempts by JS to obtain federal redress for the Missouri depredations; publication of the LDS Millennial Star in England; the migration of English converts to ; missionary efforts in other nations; the death of church patriarch ; the establishment of the city charter; the commencement of construction of the Nauvoo ; the expedition that facilitated temple construction; the introduction of the doctrine of proxy baptism for deceased persons; the dedicatory prayer by on the Mount of Olives in Palestine; publication of the “Book of Abraham” in the Nauvoo Times and Seasons; publication of the JS history often referred to as the “Wentworth letter;” the organization of the Female Relief Society of Nauvoo; and the inception of Nauvoo-era temple endowment ceremonies.
<February 3> Cohort, and a Brigadier General, as commander of the second Cohort— Sec 4 The Staff of the Lieutenant General shall consist of two principal Aids-de-camp, with the rank of Colonels of Calvary, and a Guard of twelve Aids-de-Camp, with the rank of Captains of Infantry, and a Drill Officer with the rank of Colonel of Dragoons, who shall likewise be the Chief Officer of the Guard. Sec 5. The Staff of the Major General shall consist of an Adjutant, a Surgeon in Chief, a Cornet, a Quarter Master, a Paymaster, a Commissary and a Chaplain, with the rank of Colonels of Infantry; a Surgeon for each Cohort, a Quarter Master Sergeant, Sergeant Major and Chief Musician with the rank of Captains of Light Infantry; and two Musicians with the rank of Captains of Infantry. Sec. 6. The Staff of each Brigadier General, shall consist of one Aid-de-Camp. with the Rank of Lieutenant Colonel of Infantry; provided that the said Brigadiers shall have access to the Staff of the Major General when not otherwise in service Sec. 7. No officer shall hereafter be elected by the various Companies of the Legion, except upon the nomination of the Court Martial, and it is hereby made the duty of the Court Martial to nominate at least two Candidates for each vacant Office, whenever such vacancies occur. Sec. 8. The Court Martial shall fill and supply all Offices ranking between Captains and Brigadiers General by granting Brevet Commissions to the most worthy Company Officers of the line, who shall thereafter take rank and command according to the date of their brevets; provided that their original place in the line shall not thereby be vacated. Sec 9. The Court Martial consisting of all the military officers, commissioned or entitled to Commissions, within the limits of the City Corporation, shall meet at the office of Joseph Smith on Thursday the 4th. day of February 1841 at 10 o’clock A. M. and then and there proceed to elect the general Officers of the Legion as contemplated in the third section of this ordinance. Sec. 10. The Court martial shall adopt for the Legion, as nearly as may be, and so far as applicable, the discipline, drill, uniform, rules and regulations of the Army. — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — Passed Feb. 3. 1841. Mayor, Recorder. [HC 4:294]
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The following addition has been made to the Charter of the Nauvoo Legion by the Legislature.
“Any Citizen of , may by voluntary enrollment, attach himself to the Nauvoo Legion, with all the privileges which appertain to that Independent Military Body,”
and I gave a general invitation to my friends to enrol themselves, so as to have a perfect organization by the fourth of July— I was appointed Chairman of several Committees, viz, “On the Canal,” “for vacating the Town of ,” “vending Spirituous Liquors,” “Code of City Ordinances,” “Board of Health,” &c— Council adjourned to the 8th.
“Pursuant to an ordinance of the City Council of the City of , entitled “An Ordinance organizing the Nauvoo Legion”. Passed “Feby. 3. 1841. A Court Martial composed of the Commissioned Officers of the Militia [p. 1161]