165 years ago today - Oct 19, 1857

[Wilford Woodruff]
... Capt Lot Smith & his Company Came near being Caught in a trap by the Enemy in the following manner:

About day break they Came near the Enemies camp & thought they saw a drove of mules a distance from the Camp. They made a Charge upon them to stampede them but as they rushed in among them they found they were mounted men & Could not stampede mounted draggoons. The Capt of the Company saluted and said Capt Smith you cannot see vary well good this morning. Capt Smith replied I Can see as well as you Can with your Blind Bridles on.

They looked at each other awhile then Lot Smith troted off at a slow pace but the Enemy tried to surround them & they had to gallop over a vary rough place to get away. When they got about 30 rods off from them they dismounted & took a dead rest & shot about 30 bullets at them. One ball passed through one mans Hat & another Ball grazed a horses leg. That was all the damage that was done. They might thank the Lord for the preservation of their lives. This is the first fireing done on Either side & this fireing was done by our Enemies, but no Blood shed unless it was Blood from a horses leg.

[Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

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