Alma 56:1 And now it came to pass in the commencement of the thirtieth year of the reign of the judges in the second day on the first month stating the affairs of the people in that quarter of the land.
Alma 56:2 And these are the words which he wrote, saying: My dearly beloved brother Moroni, as well in the Lord as in the tribulations of our warfare, behold, my beloved brother, I have somewhat to tell you concerning our warfare in this part of the land.
Alma 56:3 Behold, two thousand of the sons of those men which Ammon brought down out of the land of Nephi—now ye have known that these were a descendant of Laman, which was the eldest son of our father Lehi--
Alma 56:4 now I need not rehearse unto you concerning their traditions or their unbelief, for thou knowest concerning all these things--
Alma 56:5 therefore it sufficeth me that I tell you that two thousand of these young men hath taken their weapons of war and would that I should be their leader; and we have come forth to defend our country.
Alma 56:6 And now ye also know concerning the covenant which their fathers made, that they would not take up their weapons of war against their brethren to shed blood.
Alma 56:7 But in the twenty and sixth year, when they saw our afflictions and our tribulations for them, they were about to break the covenant which they had made and take up their weapons of war in our defense.
Alma 56:8 But I would not suffer them that they should break this covenant which they had made, supposing that God would strengthen us, insomuch that we should not suffer more because of the fulfilling the oath which they had taken.
Alma 56:9 But behold, here is one thing in which we may have great joy. For behold, in the twenty and sixth year I Helaman did march at the head of these two thousand young men to the city of Judea to assist Antipus, whom ye had appointed a leader over the people of that part of the land.
Alma 56:10 And I did join my two thousand sons—for they are worthy to be called sons—to the army of Antipus, in the which strength Antipus did rejoice exceedingly. For behold, his army had been reduced by the Lamanites because of the enormity of their forces, having slain a vast number of our men, for which cause we have to mourn.
Alma 56:11 Nevertheless we may console ourselves in this point, that they have died in the cause of their country and of their God; yea, and they are happy.
Alma 56:12 And the Lamanites had also retained many prisoners, all of whom are chief captains, for none other have they spared alive. And we suppose that they are now at this time in the land of Nephi; it is so if they are not slain.
Alma 56:13 And now these are the cities which the Lamanites have obtained possession of by the shedding the blood of so many of our valiant men:
Alma 56:14 the land of Manti, or the city of Manti, and the city of Zeezrom and the city of Cumeni and the city of Antiparah.
Alma 56:15 And these are the cities which they possessed when I arrived at the city of Judea. And I found Antipus and his men toiling with their mights to fortify the city.
Alma 56:16 Yea, and they were depressed in body as well as in spirit, for they had fought valiantly by day and toiled by night to maintain their cities. And thus they had suffered great afflictions of every kind.
Alma 56:17 And now they were determined to conquer in this place or die. Therefore you may well suppose that the little force which I brought with me—yea, those sons of mine—gave them great hopes and much joy.
Alma 56:18 And now it came to pass that when the Lamanites saw that Antipus had received a greater strength to his army, they were compelled by the orders of Ammoron to not come against the city of Judea or against us to battle.
Alma 56:19 And thus were we favored of the Lord. For had they come upon us in this our weakness, they might have perhaps destroyed our little army; but thus were we favored.
Alma 56:20 They were commanded by Ammoron to maintain those cities which they had taken. And thus ended the twenty and sixth year. And in the commencement of the twenty and seventh year we had prepared our city and ourselves for defense.
Alma 56:21 Now we were desirous that the Lamanites should come upon us, for we were not desirous to make an attackt upon them in their strong holds.
Alma 56:22 And it came to pass that we kept spies out round about to watch the movements of the Lamanites, that they might not pass us by night or by day to make an attackt upon our other cities, which were on the northward.
Alma 56:23 For we knew in those cities they were not sufficiently strong to meet them. Therefore we were desirous, if they should pass by us, to fall upon them in their rear; and thus bringing them up in the rear at the same time they were met in the front, we supposed that we could overpower them. But behold, we were disappointed in this our desire.
Alma 56:24 They durst not pass by us with their whole army, neither durst they with a part, lest they should not be sufficiently strong and they should fall.
Alma 56:25 Neither durst they march down against the city of Zarahemla, neither durst they cross the head of Sidon over to the city of Nephihah.
Alma 56:26 And thus with their forces they were determined to maintain those cities which they had taken.
Alma 56:27 And now it came to pass in the second month of this year there was brought unto us many provisions from the fathers of those my two thousand sons.
Alma 56:28 And also there was sent two thousand men unto us from the land of Zarahemla. And thus we were prepared with ten thousand men and provisions for them, and also for their wives and their children.
Alma 56:29 And the Lamanites thus seeing our forces increase daily and provisions arrive for our support, they began to be fearful and began to sally forth, if it were possible, to put an end to our receiving provisions and strength.
Alma 56:30 Now when we saw that the Lamanites began to grow uneasy on this wise, we were desirous to bring a stratagem into an effect upon them. Therefore Antipus ordered that I should march forth with my little sons to a neighboring city as if we were carrying provisions to a neighboring city.
Alma 56:31 And we were to march near the city Antiparah as if we were going to the city beyond on the borders by the seashore.
Alma 56:32 And it came to pass that we did march forth as if with our provisions to go to that city.
Alma 56:33 And it came to pass that Antipus did march forth with a part of his army, leaving the remainder to maintain the city. But he did not march forth until I had gone forth with my little army and came near the city Antiparah.
Alma 56:34 And now in the city Antiparah were stationed the strongest army of the Lamanites, yea, the most numerous.
Alma 56:35 And it came to pass that when they had been informed by their spies, they came forth with their army and marched against us.
Alma 56:36 And it came to pass that we did flee before them northward. And thus we did lead away the most powerful army of the Lamanites,
Alma 56:37 yea, even to a considerable distance, insomuch that when they saw the army of Antipus pursuing them with their mights, they did not turn to the right nor to the left but pursued their march in a straight course after us, and as we supposed that it was their intent to slay us before Antipus should overtake them—and this that they might not be surrounded by our people.
Alma 56:38 And now Antipus beholding our danger did speed the march of his army. But behold, it was night; therefore they did not overtake us, neither did Antipus overtake them. Therefore we did camp for the night.
Alma 56:39 And it came to pass that before the dawn of the morning, behold, the Lamanites were pursuing us. Now we were not sufficiently strong to contend with them; yea, I would not suffer that my little sons should fall into their hands. Therefore we did continue our march; and we took our march into the wilderness.
Alma 56:40 Now they durst not turn to the right nor to the left lest they should be surrounded, neither would I turn to the right or to the left lest they should overtake me. And we could not stand against them but be slain and they would make their escape. And thus we did flee all that day into the wilderness, even until it was dark.
Alma 56:41 And it came to pass that again when the light of the morning came, we saw the Lamanites upon us; and we did flee before them.
Alma 56:42 But it came to pass that they did not pursue us far before they halted. And it was in the morning of the third day on the seventh month.
Alma 56:43 And now whether they were overtaken by Antipus, we knew not. But I said unto my men: Behold, we know not but they have halted for the purpose that we should come against them, that they may catch us in their snare.
Alma 56:44 Therefore what say ye, my sons? Will ye go against them to battle?
Alma 56:45 And now I say unto you, my beloved brother Moroni, that never had I seen so great courage, nay, not amongst all the Nephites.
The magic of his [Zebulun, the chief captain of the host of Columbia’s] words gave joy to their hearts; for they loved him as they loved their own father.
The Late War, 1816, 19:48
Alma 56:46 For as I had ever called them my sons—for they were all of them very young—even so they said unto me: Father, behold, our God is with us, and he will not suffer that we shall fall; then let us go forth. We would not slay our brethren if they would let us alone. Therefore let us go lest they should overpower the army of Antipus.
Alma 56:47 Now they never had fought, yet they did not fear death. And they did think more upon the liberty of their fathers than they did upon their lives. Yea, they had been taught by their mothers that if they did not doubt that God would deliver them.
Alma 56:48 And they rehearsed unto me the words of their mothers, saying: We do not doubt; our mothers knew.
Alma 56:49 And it came to pass that I did return with my two thousand against these Lamanites which had pursued us. And now behold, the armies of Antipus had overtaken them, and a terrible battle had commenced.
Alma 56:50 The army of Antipus being weary because of their long march in so short a space of time were about to fall into the hands of the Lamanites. And had I not returned with my two thousand, they would have obtained their purpose.
Alma 56:51 For Antipus had fallen by the sword, and many of his leaders, because of their weariness which was occasioned by the speed of their march. Therefore the men of Antipus being confused because of the fall of their leaders began to give way before the Lamanites.
Alma 56:52 And it came to pass that the Lamanites took courage and began to pursue them. And thus were the Lamanites pursuing them with great vigor when Helaman came upon their rear with his two thousand and began to slay them exceedingly, insomuch that the whole army of the Lamanites halted and turned upon Helaman.
Alma 56:53 Now when the people of Antipus saw that the Lamanites had turned them about, they gathered together their men and came again upon the rear of the Lamanites.
Alma 56:54 And now it came to pass that we the people of Nephi—the people of Antipus and I with my two thousand—did surround the Lamanites and did slay them, yea, insomuch that they were compelled to deliver up their weapons of war and also themselves as prisoners of war.
Alma 56:55 And now it came to pass that when they had surrendered themselves up unto us, behold, I numbered those young men which had fought with me, fearing lest there were many of them slain.
Alma 56:56 But behold, to my great joy there had not one soul of them fallen to the earth. Yea, and they had fought as if with the strength of God; yea, never was men known to have fought with such miraculous strength. And with such mighty power did they fall upon the Lamanites that they did frighten them; and for this cause did the Lamanites deliver themselves up as prisoners of war.
About this time, a stripling from the south, with his weapon of war in his hand, ran up to Zebulon, and spake unto him…
The Late War, 1816, 19:32
…the name of the commander whereof was McDonough, (a stripling).
The Late War, 1816, 28:2
And the king said, Enquire thou whose son the stripling is.
KJV Bible, 1769, 1 Sam. 17:56
Alma 56:57 And as we had no place for our prisoners, that we could guard them to keep them from the armies of the Lamanites, therefore we sent them to the land of Zarahemla, and a part of those men which were not slain of Antipus with them. And the remainder I took and joined them to my stripling Ammonites and took our march back to the city of Judea.