JS notes on finding the remains of Z, the Lamanite.

Jun 1888
Joseph Smith, Jr.

"Zion's Camp," The Historical Record 7, nos. 4-6 (June 1888):581

Andrew Jenson
Brigham Young, Joseph Smith, Jr., Zelph, Omandagus or Onandagus
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

"During our travels we visited several of the mounds which has been thrown up by the ancient inhabitants of this country, Nephites, Lamanites, etc., and this morning (June 2nd) I went up on a high mound, near the river, accompanied by the brethren. From this mound we could overlook the tops of the trees and view the prairie on each side of the river as far as our vision could extend; and the scenery was truly delightful. On the top of the mound were stones which presented the appearance of three altars having been erected one above the other, according to ancient order; and human bones were strewn over the surface of the ground. The brethren procured a shovel and hoe, and removing the earth to the depth of about one foot discovered a skeleton of a man, almost entire, and between his ribs was a Lamanitish arrow, which evidently produced his death. Elder Brigham Young retained the arrow, and the brethren carried some pieces of the skeleton to Clay County. The contemplation of the scenery before us produced peculiar sensations in our bosoms; and the visions of the past being opened to my understanding by the Spirit of the Almighty, I discovered that the person whose skeleton was before us, was a white Lamanite, a large thick-set man, and a man of God. He was a warrior and chieftain under the great Prophet Omandagus, who was known from the hill Cumorah, or Eastern sea, to the Rocky Mountains. His name was Zelph. The curse was taken from him, or, at least, in part; one of his thigh bones was broken by a stone flung from a sling, while in battle years before his death. He was killed in battle, by the arrow found among his ribs, during the last great struggle of the Lamanites and Nephites.

BHR Staff Commentary

This account from "The Historical Record" is essentially a reprint of what was originally published in the Times and Seasons, Vol 6, No. 20 page 1076.

Note that this is from a reprint of the manuscript history of the church, but it leaves in parts that the manuscript history had redacted. This printing happened after Joseph was dead. He was there to oversee what was recorded in the manuscript history, and the redactions are in the handwriting of Wilmer Benson, but it's unclear when those were made or why, or why they were ignored when this was printed.

It's important to note that the redactions take out the identification of the Hill Cumorah, and remove the Nephites from the history, meaning Zelph was killed in a great battle among Lamanites, but not the last battle that is recorded in the end of the Book of Mormon as this reprint can make it seem.

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