1 Nephi 4
9 And I beheld his sword, and I drew it forth from the sheath thereof; and the hilt thereof was of pure gold,
and the workmanship thereof was exceedingly fine, and I saw that the blade thereof was of the most precious
2 Nephi 5
14 And I, Nephi, did take the sword of Laban, and after the manner of it did make many swords, lest by any
means the people who were now called Lamanites should come upon us and destroy us; for I knew their hatred
towards me and my children and those who were called my people.
10 The people having loved Nephi exceedingly, he having been a great protector for them, having wielded the sword
of Laban in their defence, and having labored in all his days for their welfare–
16 And moreover, he also gave him charge concerning the records which were engraven on the plates of brass; and also the plates of Nephi; and also, the
sword of Laban, and the ball or director, which led our fathers through the wilderness, which was
prepared by the hand of the Lord that thereby they might be led, every one according to the heed and diligence
which they gave unto him.
Words of Mormon 13
13 And it came to pass also that the armies of the Lamanites came down out of the land of Nephi, to battle against his people. But behold, king Benjamin gathered together his armies, and he did stand against them; and he did fight with the strength of his own arm, with the
sword of Laban.
Antiquities of the State of New York, E. G. Squier, M. A., 1851
In excavating the canal through the bank bordering the flats, perhaps thirty rods south of the fort, another burial-place was disclosed, evidently more ancient, for the bones crumbled to pieces almost immediately upon exposure to the air, and the deposits were far more numerous than in that near the river. The number of skeletons are represented to have been countless, and the dead had been buried in a sitting posture. (p 144)
One of these pits discovered some years ago, in the town of Cambria, Niagara County (upper New York), was estimated to contain the bones of several thousand individuals. (Ibid, p 99)
Near the town of Fulton, on the west side of Oswego River, is an eminence called “Bone Hill” in which have been found great numbers of human bones promiscuously heaped together. They are much decayed. Intermixed with them were discovered a number of flint arrow-heads. (Ibid, p 31)
(Gennessee County) It was called the “Bone Fort” from the circumstance that the early settlers found within it a mound, six feet in height by thirty at the base, which was entirely made up of human bones slightly covered with earth. A few fragments of these bones, scattered over the surface, alone mark the site of the aboriginal sepulcher. The popular opinion concerning this accumulation is, that it contained the bones of the slain, thus heaped together after some severe battle. (Ibid, p 66)
There have also been discovered some heaps of small stones; which have been supposed to be the missiles of the ancient occupants of the hill, thus got together to be used in case of attack. (Ibid, p 69)
38 While on the other hand, there was now and then a man fell among the Nephites, by their swords and the loss of blood, they being shielded from the more vital parts of the body, or the more vital parts of the body being shielded from the strokes of the Lamanites, by their
breastplates, and their armshields, and their head-plates; and thus the Nephites did
carry on the work of death among the Lamanites.
44 And they were inspired by the Zoramites and the Amalekites, who were their chief captains and leaders, and by Zerahemnah, who was their chief captain, or their chief leader and commander; yea, they did fight like dragons, and many of the Nephites were slain by their hands, yea, for they did smite in two many of their
head-plates, and they did pierce many of their breastplates, and they did smite off many of
their arms; and thus the Lamanites did smite in their fierce anger.
24 There were about fifty who were wounded, who had been exposed to the arrows of the Lamanites through the pass, but they were shielded by their shields, and their
breastplates, and their head-plates, insomuch that their wounds were upon their legs, many of
which were very severe.
14 And it came to pass in the forty and first year of the reign of the judges, that the Lamanites had gathered together an innumerable army of men, and armed them with swords, and with cimeters and with bows, and with arrows, and with
head-plates, and with breastplates, and with all manner of shields of every kind.
3 Nephi 4
17 And it came to pass that they did come up to battle; and it was in the sixth month; and behold, great and terrible was the day that they did come up to battle; and they were girded about after the manner of robbers; and they had a lamb-skin about their loins, and they were dyed in blood, and their heads were shorn, and they had
head-plates upon them; and great and terrible was the appearance of the armies of Giddianhi, because of
their armor, and because of their being dyed in blood.
15 And it came to pass that when they were all gathered together, every one to the army which he would, with their wives and their children–both men, women and children being armed with weapons of war, having shields, and
breastplates, and head-plates, and being clothed after the manner of war–they did march forth
one against another to battle; and they fought all that day, and conquered not.
9 And this is the account of the wars and contentions among the Nephites, and also the wars between the Nephites and the Lamanites; and the fifteenth year of the reign of the judges is ended.
10 And from the first year to the fifteenth has brought to pass the destruction of many thousand lives; yea, it has brought to pass an awful scene of bloodshed.
11 And the bodies of many thousands are laid low in the earth, while the bodies of many thousands are
moldering in heaps upon the face of the earth; yea, and many thousands are mourning for the loss of
their kindred, because they have reason to fear, according to the promises of the Lord, that they are
consigned to a state of endless wo.
12 While many thousands of others truly mourn for the loss of their kindred, yet they rejoice and exult in the hope, and even know, according to the promises of the Lord, that they are raised to dwell at the right hand of God, in a state of never-ending happiness.
13 And thus we see how great the inequality of man is because of sin and transgression, and the power of the devil, which comes by the cunning plans which he hath devised to ensnare the hearts of men.
14 And thus we see the great call of diligence of men to labor in the vineyards of the Lord; and thus we see the great reason of sorrow, and also of rejoicing–sorrow because of death and destruction among men, and joy because of the light of Christ unto life.
5 And it came to pass that the brother of Shiblom caused that all the prophets who prophesied of the destruction of the people should be put to death;
6 And there was great calamity in all the land, for they had testified that a great curse should come upon the land, and also upon the people, and that there should be a great destruction among them, such an one as never had been upon the face of the earth, and
their bones should become as heaps of earth upon the face of the land except they should repent of
7 And they hearkened not unto the voice of the Lord, because of their wicked combinations; wherefore, there began to be wars and contentions in all the land, and also many famines and pestilences, insomuch that there was a great destruction, such an one as never had been known upon the face of the earth; and all this came to pass in the days of Shiblom.
6 And it came to pass that when we had gathered in all our people in one to the land of Cumorah, behold I, Mormon, began to be old; and knowing it to be the last struggle of my people, and having been commanded of the Lord that I should not suffer the records which had been handed down by our fathers, which were sacred, to fall into the hands of the Lamanites, (for the Lamanites would destroy them) therefore I made this record out of the plates of Nephi, and hid up in the hill Cumorah all the records which had been entrusted to me by the hand of the Lord, save it were these few plates which I gave unto my son Moroni.
7 And it came to pass that my people, with their wives and their children, did now behold the armies of the Lamanites marching towards them; and with that awful fear of death which fills the breasts of all the wicked, did they await to receive them.
8 And it came to pass that they came to battle against us, and every soul was filled with terror because of the greatness of their numbers.
9 And it came to pass that they did fall upon my people with the sword, and with the bow, and with the arrow, and with the ax, and with all manner of weapons of war.
10 And it came to pass that my men were hewn down, yea, even my ten thousand who were with me, and I fell wounded in the midst; and they passed by me that they did not put an end to my life.
11 And when they had gone through and hewn down all my people save it were twenty and four of us, (among whom was my son Moroni) and we having survived the dead of our people, did behold on the morrow, when the Lamanites had returned unto their camps, from the top of the hill Cumorah, the ten thousand of my people who were hewn down, being led in the front by me.
12 And we also beheld the ten thousand of my people who were led by my son Moroni.
13 And behold, the ten thousand of Gidgiddonah had fallen, and he also in the midst.
14 And Lamah had fallen with his ten thousand; and Gilgal had fallen with his ten thousand; and Limhah had fallen with his ten thousand; and Jeneum had fallen with his ten thousand; and Cumenihah, and Moronihah, and Antionum, and Shiblom, and Shem, and Josh, had fallen with their ten thousand each.
15 And it came to pass that there were ten more who did fall by the sword, with their ten thousand each; yea, even all my people, save it were those twenty and four who were with me, and also a few who had escaped into the south countries, and a few who had deserted over unto the Lamanites, had fallen; and their
flesh, and bones, and blood lay upon the face of the earth, being left by the hands of those who slew
them to molder upon the land, and to crumble and to return to their mother earth.
16 And my soul was rent with anguish, because of the slain of my people, and I cried:
17 O ye fair ones, how could ye have departed from the ways of the Lord! O ye fair ones, how could ye have rejected that Jesus, who stood with open arms to receive you! 18 Behold, if ye had not done this, ye would not have fallen. But behold, ye are fallen, and I mourn your loss.
8 And we multiplied exceedingly, and spread upon the face of the land, and became exceedingly rich in gold,
and in silver, and in precious things, and in fine workmanship of wood, in buildings, and
in machinery, and also in iron and copper, and brass and steel, making
all manner of tools of every kind to till the ground, and weapons of war–yea, the sharp pointed
arrow, and the quiver, and the dart, and the javelin, and all preparations for war.
16 And it came to pass that I did arm them with bows, and with arrows, with swords, and with
cimeters, and with clubs, and with slings, and with all manner of weapons which we could
invent, and I and my people did go forth against the Lamanites to battle.
29 Therefore, they would suffer death in the most aggravating and distressing manner which could be inflicted by their brethren, before they would take the
sword or cimeter to smite them.
8 And now it came to pass that when Zerahemnah had heard these sayings he came forth and delivered up his
sword and his cimeter, and his bow into the hands of Moroni, and said unto him: Behold,
here are our weapons of war; we will deliver them up unto you, but we will not suffer ourselves to take an
oath unto you, which we know that we shall break, and also our children; but take our weapons of war, and
suffer that we may depart into the wilderness; otherwise we will retain our swords, and we will perish
12 Therefore the people of the Nephites were aware of the intent of the Amlicites, and therefore they did prepare to meet them; yea, they did arm themselves with
swords, and with cimeters, and with bows, and with arrows, and with stones,
and with slings, and with all manner of weapons of war, of every kind.
14 And it came to pass that Amlici did arm his men with all manner of weapons of war of every kind; and he also appointed rulers and leaders over his people, to lead them to war against their brethren.
6 Now when Lamoni had heard this he caused that his servants should make ready his horses and his chariots.
2 For behold, I have somewhat to say unto them by the way of condemnation; for behold, ye yourselves know that ye have been appointed to gather together men, and arm them with
swords, and with cimeters, and all manner of weapons of war of every kind, and send forth
against the Lamanites, in whatsoever parts they should come into our land.
26 And they were exceedingly sorrowful because of their enemies. And Gidgiddoni did cause that they should make weapons of war of every kind, and they should be strong with
armor, and with shields, and with bucklers, after the manner of his instruction.
9 And it came to pass that they did fall upon my people with the sword, and with the bow, and with the
arrow, and with the ax, and with all manner of weapons of war.