Sunday, February 8, 2015

Kirtland’s Camp

We have all heard of Zion’s Camp, but what was Kirtland’s Camp?
A)                 The name of the body of Saints moving from Kirtland, Ohio to Jackson County, Missouri
B)                 The local camp ground at Kirtland for those who could not afford homes
C)                 The name the body of Saints gave themselves as they moved from Colesville, New York to Kirtland, Ohio
D)                 The name of the KOA campground in the Kirtland area today

Yesterday’s answer:
a.      90 days
By searching the Civil War service records of Union soldiers on the new website, Lot Smith can be found. It indicates that he served in 1862 as Captain of Lot Smith’s Company, a cavalry unit in the Union Army in the Territory of Utah. So what was the story behind this company? Due to some problems with Indians on the Overland Trail, Adjutant General L.  Thomas contacted Brigham Young on April 28, 1862, to raise a company of men to protect the telegraph and mail travel near Independence Rock for a period of 90 days. The company was organized under the command of Lot Smith but never engaged Indians in combat, though they helped get the mail routes moving again.
Ryan Morgengg, Faces of the Civil War, The Church News, May 25, 2014, 3.

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