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Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

When, behold! a small company of Indians  sudenly, rushed <sudenly> upon my view; armed with  Tomma hawks scalping knives and Guns.  I had no weapon of defence, but a walking  stick. However, I hit upon a stratgem that  served my purpose excellently <admirably>. I Called  out at the top my voice; Rush on! Rush on  My boys, we’ll have the Devils, We we’ll  have the Devils. My friend, appearing in  sight just at that Moment, they took fright,  and fled for life, and I saw no more of them
Soon In the year 1758, I enlisted under Maj.  Spencer, went over the lakes, <&> was in a severe  battle; Where Lord Howe was killed. The next  day, we attempted to march to the brast work  but were <compelled> to retreat of with loss of 500 men. In  the engagement, a ball passed under my chin,  within an inch of my neck; but I e[s]caped  unhurt. The <the> enemy went to ticonderga recruitd  and came after us The sentiles [sentinels] gave word that we  were surro[u]nded Maj Putnam led us out Maj  Rogers brought up the rear the Indians lay in  a semicircular position round us Maj Putnam  led us through their ranks They fired upon us. Took  Maj Putnam who was rescued by a French Lieu.  The enemy rose like a cloud fired a volly upon us  my being in front brought me in the rear we were  pursued I turned a little to the right I saw a trem endous windfall befores me which seemed insu rmountable but the Tommahawks encompassed me  and bullets flew round my ears like hail. I thought  I could at least make the <effort> I gave it <a> <one> spring and cleared  the whole mass the Indians hesitated I lookek [looked] one  side saw a man badly wounded I siezed him an[d]  got him with myself into the main body of our men  with out receiving any farther injury. [p. 3, bk. [1]]
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Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845; handwriting of Martha Jane Knowlton Coray and Howard Coray; 240 pages, with miscellaneous inserted pages; CHL.
Note: Lucy Mack Smith, the mother of Joseph Smith, dictated this rough draft version of her history to Martha Jane Knowlton Coray (with some additional scribal help from Martha’s husband, Howard) beginning in 1844 and concluding in 1845. In 1845, the Corays inscribed a fair copy of the history under Lucy’s direction.

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