Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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Note 4 follows people 4 line from bottom of P 250 When the prisoners arrived at the camp they were seated on a log placed there for the purpose before they were taken and the soldiers began to crowd round raging and swearing that they would shoot them several guns were snapped at them before any one intefered to tak protect them then captain [blank] Martin ordered his Men to pla surround the prsoners instantly with drawn swords and loaded muskets
Now I swear by God if an <​one​> atempts to harm a hair of the head of one of them prisoners I will cut his damned head off in a minute and men said he do you protect <​them​> and if any man offers to shoot lift a gun to his face to shoot them th prisoners cut him down instantly for they are innocent men I know they are innocent just look at them they they show the fact in their very faces this This man was but a captain but he stood there on guard and kept his men at there places 2 nghts and a day untill they were taken from this place.
Note 5 falls after “see us’ 16 line from the botom Page 251 right colum here is a small mistake when the news came to us that our sons were to be taken away the messenger told us that if we ever saw sons again alive we would have to go to them as they were in the waggon to be driven away and would be gone in a few minutes. My was then too ill to be able to go but I and started alone for we were the only well ones of family when we came within about 400 yards of the waggon we could go no farther because of the men wth which they were surrounded— <​I am the mother of the I prophet I cried and​> is there not a gentleman here I cried who will assist me through this crowd to that waggon that I may take a last look at my children and speak to them [p. [3], bk. 16]
Note 4 follows people 4 line from bottom of P 250 When the prisoners arrived at the camp they were seated on a log placed there for the purpose before they were taken and the soldiers began to crowd round raging and swearing that they would shoot them several guns were snapped at them before any one intefered protect them then captain [blank] Martin ordered his Men surround the prsoners instantly with drawn swords and loaded muskets
Now I swear by God if one atempts to harm a hair of the head of one of them prisoners I will cut his damned head off in a minute do you protect them and if any man offers to lift a gun to his face to shoot them prisoners cut him down instantly for they are innocent men I know they are innocent just look at them they show the fact in their very faces This man was but a captain but he stood there on guard and kept his men at there places 2 nghts and a day untill they were taken from this place.
Note 5 falls after “see us’ 16 line from the botom Page 251 right colum here is a small mistake when the news came to us that our sons were to be taken away the messenger told us that if we ever saw sons again alive we would have to go to them as they were in the waggon to be driven away and would be gone in a few minutes. My was then too ill to be able to go but I and started alone for we were the only well ones of family when we came within about 400 yards of the waggon we could go no farther because of the men wth which they were surrounded— I am the mother of the prophet I cried and is there not a gentleman here who will assist me through this crowd to that waggon that I may take a last look at my children and speak to them [p. [3], bk. 16]
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