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Lot Smith accounts

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 4125

Scope and Contents note

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.


  • 1862


Conditions Governing Access note

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use note

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.

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.


1 folder (0.2 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Two account documents of Lot Smith's, related to his company, 1862.

Custodial History note

Purchased from Ed Bennett in 1992.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Purchased; Ed Bennett; 1992.

Appraisal note

LDS cultural, social, and religious history (Collection development policy for 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts, August 2007).

Processing Information note

Processed; H. Christine Swindler; 12 July 2007.

Register of Lot Smith accounts
Karen Glenn and H. Christine Swindler, student processors and John Murphy, curator
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States