Lot Smith accounts

Lot Smith accounts

Dates: 1862

There are two items in the Lot Smith Accounts: 1) Schedule of accounts of Captain Lot Smith’s Company of U. T. M. Cavalry, suspended by the War Department at Washington D. C. for explanation; 2) Recapitulation of accounts of Lot Smith’s Co. Cavalry, Utah Militia, employed in defending the Overland Mail and Telegraph during the summer of 1862; raised for that purpose by the Hon. Brigham Young, by express direction of the President of the United States, communicated through the War Department.

  • Extent: 1 folder (0.2 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Smith, Lot
  • Call Number: MSS 4125
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84606; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
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Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Lot Smith accounts must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 4125; Lot Smith accounts; 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 4125, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Purchased from Ed Bennett in 1992.
Acquisition Information
Purchased; Ed Bennett; 1992.
Subject Terms
Young, Brigham, 1801-1877; Military; Politics, Government, and Law; Utah--Militia--History
Genre / Form
Accounts; Financial records
Processing Information
Processed; H. Christine Swindler; 12 July 2007.
Appraisal Information
LDS cultural, social, and religious history (Collection development policy for 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts, August 2007).
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Smith (Lot) accounts
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Karen Glenn and H. Christine Swindler, student processors and John Murphy, curator
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2010-10-07T15:45-0600
Finding Aid Language
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Lot Smith (1830-1892) was member of the Mormon Battalion and led a colonization mission in northern Arizona.

Lot Smith was born in 1830 in Oswego County, New York, to William O. Smith and Rhoda Hough Smith. He marched to California in 1846-7 as the youngest member of the Mormon Battalion. In 1857, he led a militia force against Johnson’s army. In 1876, he led a colonization mission in northern Arizona. The online Utah History Encyclopedia says, “During his last years, relations with his Indian neighbors became increasingly tense as the rangeland around Tuba City was overgrazed.” In 1892, Smith was killed in a gun fight with a Navajo because of this grazing dilemma.

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