Minutes and Testimonies, 12–29 November 1838 [State of Missouri v. Gates et al. for Treason]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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Close about About the time the dissenters fled, preached a sermon from the text, “Ye are the Salt of the earth, but if the salt have lost the its savour wherewith all shall it be salted &c.["] commonly called the salt of the earth <​sermon​>, in which the dissenters were called the salt that had lost its savour, & that they should be trampled upon, and driven out by the saints which was well understood by the danites as a part of their duty to do— When ’ men march up to . Smith told me <​as I understood him​> that he had said to one of the militia captains not to come any further as he might get into danger— Smith after erected erecting their <​his​> bulwarks asked me if I did not think him pretty much of a general & I answered in the affirmative— <​&​> we were advised all the time to fight valiantly and that the angles of the Lord would appear in our defence & fight our battles—
—In refference to s battle. I know but little personally as to the start of the troops to fight — I was called upon to go along with the company which was commanded by as surgeon, this was about midnight, but as I thought a little sleep would do me more good than fighting I remained at home— In the morning of the fight about 6 o’clock I was called on by a who informed me that was wounded mortally. I went to about 3 miles as I understood from the battle ground, where I found Jos Smith Jr present laying hands on the wounded & blessing them [p. [21]]
About the time the dissenters fled, preached a sermon from the text, “Ye are the Salt of the earth, but if the salt have lost its savour wherewith all shall it be salted &c." commonly called the salt sermon, in which the dissenters were called the salt that had lost its savour, & that they should be trampled upon, and driven out by the saints which was well understood by the danites as a part of their duty to do— When ’ men march up to . Smith told me as I understood him that he had said to one of the militia captains not to come any further as he might get into danger— Smith after erecting his bulwarks asked me if I did not think him pretty much of a general & I answered in the affirmative— & we were advised all the time to fight valiantly and that the angles of the Lord would appear in our defence & fight our battles—
—In refference to s battle. I know but little personally as to the start of the troops to fight — I was called upon to go along with the company which was commanded by as surgeon, this was about midnight, but as I thought a little sleep would do me more good than fighting I remained at home— In the morning of the fight about 6 o’clock I was called on by a who informed me that was wounded mortally. I went to about 3 miles as I understood from the battle ground, where I found Jos Smith Jr present laying hands on the wounded & blessing them [p. [21]]
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