Lot Smith: Mormon Pioneer and American Frontiersman

Lot Smith: Mormon Pioneer and American Frontiersman

by Carmen R. Smith, Talana S. Hooper

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BN ID: 2940161980415
Publisher: Greg Kofford Books
Publication date: 11/13/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 927,674
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Carmen R. Smith (1917–2018) was a native of the Gila Valley in Arizona. She attended Gila Junior College, Woodbury Business College, Brigham Young University, and served an LDS Church mission to Mexico. She married Omer Smith, a grandson of Lot Smith. Her report of the rediscovery of the Mormon Battalion's Lost Well in 1978 was awarded the Utah Historical Quarterly Editor's Choice.

Talana S. Hooper is a native of Arizona’s Gila Valley. She attended both Eastern Arizona College and Arizona State University. She compiled and edited A Century in Central, 1883–1983 and has published numerous family histories. She and her husband Steve have six children and twenty-six grandchildren.

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Lot Smith: Mormon Pioneer and American Frontiersman 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous 4 months ago
This book is a very well written story of a fascinating life. As a Mormon pioneer and frontiersman as the title indicates, Lot Smith led an interesting and courageous life. This well documented story tells of his life, his trials and the struggles he experienced living and taming the wild west. Well worth the read.
John Kolak 4 months ago
It's always been frustrating to read the shorter Mormon history books that only touch lightly on interesting topics, yet at the same time difficult to find time to read the multi-volume histories. Here in Lot Smith we have the biography of an individual who was personally present on the ground for many of the important events in church history. It's all here with the exodus from Nauvoo, the trek of the Mormon Battalion across the southwestern United States, the role of the Mormon battalion in the refurbishing of old San Diego and the gold discovery at Coloma. Then there's the growth of Brigham Young's settlements in Utah and various skirmishes with Indian tribes and subsequent peacemaking. There's church officiation in the performance of polygamous marriages and the wives reactions to it. There's the rescue of the Willie and Martin handcart companies. His participation in the Utah War gave me a much deeper understanding of the details of the conflict. I also had not realized Smith's role, having previously only read of Porter Rockwell's involvement, nor did I know that he was the primary celebrity figure of the war from the perspective of both sides. With the end of the Utah war, we see the Peace Commission and a pardon for Brigham Young and the Mormons. The American Civil War shortly follows and sees Lot Smith commissioned in the US Army to lead his Utah Volunteers on a mission to protect the mail and telegraph lines from Wyoming to Utah. Then we see the Federal persecution in Utah and Smith's call to settle Arizona. In other histories, we learn that Latter-day Saints were sent to colonize Arizona and Mexico, but Lot Smith was there on the ground, and we see what that life was like. Perhaps this book is best summed up by this comment in the April 5, 1902, Deseret News obituary: "More than passing interest has been aroused by the bringing home of the body of the late Lot Smith, whose name is encountered in nearly all the critical junctures in the history of Utah" This book is certainly worthy of the reader's interest. At the conclusion of this book, it is sad to read of the death of a hero and faithful Latter-day Saint. The Deseret News reported: “[A]s the speakers would relate one after the other the noble acts of their captain, tears would suffuse the eyes of the members of his household, and not only they, but many others wept, including many of the grey-haired veterans who had not wiped tears from their eyes for years.” Among dignitaries in attendance were President of the Church, Joseph F. Smith, and Heber J. Grant of the Quorum of the Twelve.