Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1845

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probably the had sent an armed force to our relief, notwithstanding the awful forebodings that pervaded our breasts. But to our great surprize, when the army arrived, they came up and formed a line in double file in one half mile on the east of the City of , and despatched three messengers with a white flag to come to the . They were met by with a few individuals, whose names I do not now recollect, I was myself standing close by, and could distinctly hear every word they said. Being filled with anxiety I rushed forward to the spot expecting to hear good news— but alas! and heart rending to every soul that heard them— they demanded three persons to be brought out of the before they should Massacre the rest. The names of the persons they demanded, were , and his wife. Immediately the three persons were brought forth to hold an interview with the officers who had made the demand, and the officers told them they had now a chance to save their lives; for they calculated to destroy the people and lay the in ashes. They replied to the officers, and said, “If the people must be destroyed and the burned to ashes they would remain in the and die with them. The officers immediately returned, and the army retreated and encamped about a mile and a half from the . A messenger was immediately despatched with a white flag from the of the Militia of , requesting an interview with and ; but as the messengers approached the camp, he was shot at by , the Methodist preacher, the name of the messengger was , who is now Brgadier Gen, in the Nauvoo Legion. However he gained permission to see ; he also requested an interview with . said that had been dismo[u]nted by a special order of the a few miles back, and had been sent back to , Clay County. He also stated [p. 260]
probably the had sent an armed force to our relief, notwithstanding the awful forebodings that pervaded our breasts. But to our great surprize, when the army arrived, they came up and formed a line in double file in one half mile on the east of the City of , and despatched three messengers with a white flag to come to the . They were met by with a few individuals, whose names I do not now recollect, I was myself standing close by, and could distinctly hear every word they said. Being filled with anxiety I rushed forward to the spot expecting to hear good news— but alas! and heart rending to every soul that heard them— they demanded three persons to be brought out of the before they should Massacre the rest. The names of the persons they demanded, were , and his wife. Immediately the three persons were brought forth to hold an interview with the officers who had made the demand, and the officers told them they had now a chance to save their lives; for they calculated to destroy the people and lay the in ashes. They replied to the officers, and said, “If the people must be destroyed and the burned to ashes they would remain in the and die with them. The officers immediately returned, and the army retreated and encamped about a mile and a half from the . A messenger was immediately despatched with a white flag from the of the Militia of , requesting an interview with and ; but as the messenger approached the camp, he was shot at by , the Methodist preacher, the name of the messengger was , who is now Brgadier Gen, in the Nauvoo Legion. However he gained permission to see ; he also requested an interview with . said that had been dismounted by a special order of the a few miles back, and had been sent back to , Clay County. He also stated [p. 260]
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