Parley P. Pratt, History of the Late Persecution, 1839

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driven at the option of our persecutors.  waited on Messrs. J. Smith, , , . and , with a polite request  from , that we would surrender ourselves  as prisoners, and repair to his camp, and remain over  night, with assurances that as soon as peaceable arrange ments could be entered into next morning, we should be  released. With this request we readily complied, as  soon as we were assured by the pledge of the honor of the  principal officers, that our lives should be safe; we ac cordingly walked near a mile voluntarily, towards the  camp of the enemy; who, when they saw us coming,  came out to meet us by thousands, with  at their head. When the haughty rode up to  us, and scarcely passing a compliment, gave orders to  his troops to surround us, which they did very abruptly,  and we were marched into camp surrounded by thou sands of savage looking beings, many of whom were  painted like Indian warriors. These all set up a con stant yell, like so many blood hounds let loose on their  prey, as if they had achieved one of the most miraculous  victories which ever dignified the annals of the world.—  In camp we were placed under a strong guard, and be fore morning, and several others were added  to our number. We hardly got an interview with the   that evening; he maintained a most haughty  and unsociable reserve; but a hint was given us that the  general officers held a secret council which they dignifi ed a Court Martial, in which without being heard, or  even brought before them, we were all sentenced to be  shot; and the day and hour appointed, as we learned  afterwards by , who was one of the  council, but who was so violently opposed to this cool  blooded murder, that he assured them he would revolt  and withdraw his whole brigade, if they persisted in so  dreadful a proceding, his remonstrance and a few others  so alarmed the haughty murderer and his accomplices  that they dare not put the decree in execution; and thus  through a merciful providence of God, our lives were  spared through that dreadful night, which was spent by [p. 40]
driven at the option of our persecutors. waited on Messrs. J. Smith, , , . and , with a polite request from , that we would surrender ourselves as prisoners, and repair to his camp, and remain over night, with assurances that as soon as peaceable arrangements could be entered into next morning, we should be released. With this request we readily complied, as soon as we were assured by the pledge of the honor of the principal officers, that our lives should be safe; we accordingly walked near a mile voluntarily, towards the camp of the enemy; who, when they saw us coming, came out to meet us by thousands, with at their head. When the haughty rode up to us, and scarcely passing a compliment, gave orders to his troops to surround us, which they did very abruptly, and we were marched into camp surrounded by thousands of savage looking beings, many of whom were painted like Indian warriors. These all set up a constant yell, like so many blood hounds let loose on their prey, as if they had achieved one of the most miraculous victories which ever dignified the annals of the world.— In camp we were placed under a strong guard, and before morning, and several others were added to our number. We hardly got an interview with the that evening; he maintained a most haughty and unsociable reserve; but a hint was given us that the general officers held a secret council which they dignified a Court Martial, in which without being heard, or even brought before them, we were all sentenced to be shot; and the day and hour appointed, as we learned afterwards by , who was one of the council, but who was so violently opposed to this cool blooded murder, that he assured them he would revolt and withdraw his whole brigade, if they persisted in so dreadful a proceding, his remonstrance and a few others so alarmed the haughty murderer and his accomplices that they dare not put the decree in execution; and thus through a merciful providence of God, our lives were spared through that dreadful night, which was spent by [p. 40]
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