Joseph Smith Leads Band of 150 Danites to Threaten Missouri Judge

Joseph Smith Leads Band of 150 Danites to Threaten Missouri Judge

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Joseph Smith personally leads a band of 150 Danites to protect Mormons in Diahman, Missouri. Judge Adam Black and others suspected of "anti-Mormon" activity are threatened. Reports of this "invasion" of armed Mormons spreads, further inflaming tensions.

Joseph Smith and his men surround Black's house and demand that he sign a statement promising that he "is not attached to any mob, nor will attach himself to any such people, and so long as they [the Mormons] will not molest me, I will not molest them."

At first Judge Adam Black refuses, but after a conversation with Smith he relents. Black later says that he only signed the document because he felt threatened.

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