The following excerpts are from the book, History of the United States of America, Vol IV, James Schouler, Dodd, Mead & Company, 1894.
May 1832: ...the country had cast an anxious glance towards South Carolina, whose attitude all the while was in contemptuous defiance of national candidates and the national authority. (pg 87)
July 1832: The rebellious torch was kindled by the South Carolina delegation in Congress... (pg 89)
July 1832: ...the sovereign power of South Carolina must determine whether this precious inheritance of rights...shall be tamely surrendered without a struggle. (pg 89)
November 27, 1832: ...to make the resistance more effectual against the United States authorities the governor was authorized [by the South Carolina legistature] to call out the whole militia of the State... (pg 90)
November 1832: Thus hastily South Carolina plunged into the crisis of open and declared resistance to the laws of the Union... (pg 90)
December 3, 1832: Nullification absorbed the whole interest of the country... (pg 93)
December 4, 1832: ...South Carolina had actually passed the ordinance and pushed on to the brink of rebellion...Did this look like the disposition to suffer while evils are sufferable,...and not rather to drive headlong into revolution, and either browbeat the Union or force the experiment at once of secession, dissolution, and the formation of a Southern confederacy? (pg 94)
December 10, 1832: [President] Jackson was not the man to be put down by flimsy sophistries, nor to be terrified from performing his official duty. He saw that South Carolina challenged the authority and the very existence of the federal Union, and that the crisis must be courageously met...He quietly ordered General Scott to Charleston, and caused troops to be posted in a convenient vicinity, though not so near as to provoke a collision. He sent a sloop of war to Charleston to protect the officers of customs...And on the 10th of December he issued a proclamation to the people of South Carolina, in which, after forcibly stating the nature of the federal supremacy, he earnestly adjured them as fellowcitizens of his native State not to provoke the Union... (pg 91)
Mid December, 1832: Local volunteers were enrolled ready to take the field at a moments warning, and South Carolina prepared to prevent by military force, if need be, the collection of the customs within her borders...It was now [President] Jacksons turn to show temper; but he kept the decorum of his office, and prepared to crush this rebellion in its incipient stage and vindicate the laws of the land at every hazard. (pg 95)
December 25, 1832: Joseph Smith proclaims: VERILY, thus saith the Lord concerning the wars that will shortly come to pass, beginning at the rebellion of South Carolina, which will eventually terminate in the death and misery of many souls; And the time will come that war will be poured out upon all nations, beginning at this place. (D&C 87: 1 2)
January 4, 1833: ...nullifiers...were full of loud bravado and defiance. Enroll, good citizens, was here the cry of the press and politicians; take up arms and show the enemy that South Carolina cannot be subjugated....The warlike demonstrations continued. (pg 99)
January 16, 1833: ...the President sent in a special message on the South Carolina situation, and fitted the iron glove to his policy....he proposed that more stringent medicine, compulsion to authority...he wished power to remove a customs house...and hole imported goods for duties by military and naval force if resistance was offered...his purpose was to crush the insurgents...The chances increased that Congress would expire, leaving the tariff unaltered, and the administration with a civil war on its hands. (pg 97)
Mid-Janurary, 1833: ...there lurked, however, a constant danger of armed collision, bloodshed, and consequent civil war. Once in January it seemed truly as if the fight would begin; but the nullifiers...concluded to wait and see what Congress would do; and...they agreed...to suspend all action for the rest of the session... (pg 99)
Late February, 1833: The passage of the force bill...was needful to placate the President and save the self-respect of the legislature. With these two measure before him and the session so nearly ended, Jackson pursued the only practical course short of taking the burden of civil war upon his own shoulders...And thus were extended to rebellious South Carolina...the olive branch and the rod bound up together. (pg 108)
Late March 18, 1833: The federal troops now quietly withdrew; with dancing and military parades this bloodless imbroglio ended. But ominous signs remained in the horizon. South Carolina had threatened secession, and had attempted besides to unite all slaveholders in a call for a Southern convention. The danger is not passed; we have but checked the disease; wrote Calhoun...one of the House debaters [remarked], the root of her discontent lay deeper than the tariff, and would continue when that was forgotton. (pg 110)
Thoughts, observations, and questions:
Joseph predicts war at the VERY moment the country was fearing and expecting war; Union troops had already been sent to South Carolina. Joseph's revelation said, ...wars that will shortly come to pass....
1. Is thirty years in the future a "short" time?
2. Why would he be predicting a war thirty years in the future, while there is an immediate crisis brewing?
3. What war would people in December of 1832 think he was talking about?