Richard Smith Robinson (1830 - 1902)

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About Richard Smith Robinson

http://mountainmeadowsmassacre.org/appendices/appendix-c-the-militiamen

Robinson, Richard Smith (1830–1902), Second Lieutenant, Company H, Third Platoon, Pinto. Richard Robinson, considered the leader of the Pinto settlement, received messages from leaders in Cedar City in the days leading to the Mountain Meadows Massacre. One of the messages Robinson saw was the one Joseph Clewes delivered to Amos Thornton calling for hostilities against the emigrants to cease until word could be received from Brigham Young in Salt Lake City. Albert Hamblin remembered seeing Robinson at Hamblin’s ranch with other men from Pinto. He may have been there to pass on one of those messages. Though it appears that Robinson and the other Indian missionaries from Pinto were not directly involved in the massacre, they were keenly aware of the developments at the Meadows throughout the week. When Edward Dalton and Jesse N. Smith reached Pinto on Wednesday, September 9, 1857 the Pinto missionaries told them of the unraveling siege at the Meadows. Dalton and Smith immediately returned to Parowan to report to Dame where they “expressed much disgust over what they had seen and learned, as John D. Lee and other white men were assuming a very hostile attitude toward the emigrants in connection with the Indians.”

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