Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1845

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then in session consisting of 13 or 14 oficers, Circuit Judge and District Attorney; also , Presbyterian priest, and about 20 others priests of the different <religious> denominations in that country. He said that they were determined to shoot us the next morning on the public square in . I made him no reply. On the next morning about sunrise, orderd his brigade to take up the line of march, and leave the camp. He came to us where we were under guard, to shake hands with us, and bid us farewell. His first salutation was, “By God, you have been sentenced by the court martial to be shot this morning; but I will be damned if I will have any of the honor of it; therefore I have ordered my brigade to take up a line of march and leave the camp; for I consider it to be cold blooded murder, and I bid you farewell,” and he went away. This movement of , made considerable excitement in the army, and there was considerable whisperings among the officers. We listened very attentively, and frequently heard it mentioned by the guard, that the damned Mormons would not be shot this time. In a few moments the guard were relieved with a new set; one of the new guard said that the damned Mormons would not be shot this time; for the movement of had frustrated the whole plan, and that the officers had called another Court martial, and had ordered us to be taken to , and there be executed; and in a few moments two large wagons drove up, and we were ordered to get into them, and while we were getting into them, there came up 4 or 5 men armed with guns, who drew up and snapped their guns at us, in order to kill us— Some flashed in the pan, others snapped only snapped; but none of their guns went off. They were immediately arrested by several officers and their guns taken from them.— and the drivers drove off. We requested , to let us to to our houses, and get some clothing; in order to do this we had to be drove up [p. 266]
then in session consisting of 13 or 14 oficers, Circuit Judge and District Attorney; also , Presbyterian priest, and about 20 other priests of the different religious denominations in that country. He said that they were determined to shoot us the next morning on the public square in . I made him no reply. On the next morning about sunrise, orderd his brigade to take up the line of march, and leave the camp. He came to us where we were under guard, to shake hands with us, and bid us farewell. His first salutation was, “By God, you have been sentenced by the court martial to be shot this morning; but I will be damned if I will have any of the honor of it; therefore I have ordered my brigade to take up a line of march and leave the camp; for I consider it to be cold blooded murder, and I bid you farewell,” and he went away. This movement of , made considerable excitement in the army, and there was considerable whisperings among the officers. We listened very attentively, and frequently heard it mentioned by the guard, that the damned Mormons would not be shot this time. In a few moments the guard were relieved with a new set; one of the new guard said that the damned Mormons would not be shot this time; for the movement of had frustrated the whole plan, and that the officers had called another Court martial, and had ordered us to be taken to , and there be executed; and in a few moments two large wagons drove up, and we were ordered to get into them, and while we were getting into them, there came up 4 or 5 men armed with guns, who drew up and snapped their guns at us, in order to kill us— Some flashed in the pan, others only snapped; but none of their guns went off. They were immediately arrested by several officers and their guns taken from them.— and the drivers drove off. We requested , to let us to to our houses, and get some clothing; in order to do this we had to be drove up [p. 266]
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