“A History, of the Persecution, of the Church of Jesus Christ, of Latter Day Saints in Missouri,” December 1839–October 1840

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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where his brethren had fled to. They  also threatened women and children.—  In this manner they spent their time  for about an hour, when about sun down a company, of thirty brethren,  marched up, and as soon as they came  near enough, the mob fired upon them,  and they immediately fired back; after  a round or two, the mob retreated and  left the ground; they were followed a  short distance, but not far.
Two of the mob, and a number of  horses were killed, and some five or  six wounded. The mob were so fright ened, that they left their dead on the  ground over night. The saints had  four or five wounded, one by the name  of [Andrew] Barber mortally, who died the next  day. was wounded, in the  bowels by the first gun fired.
The same day at , , , and   were taken for as sault and battery, and false imprison ment by , whom they had ta ken the Friday night previous. And  although they could not get a warrant  for him, for breaking the , yet he  had obtained one for them, for catching  him at it.
They were prisoners in the , on trial, when news of the bat tle reached town. It was stated, that  the Mormons had killed twenty of the  mob, and had gone to s and  shot his son. In a moment as it were,  all was confusion in the house. The  majority were for massacreing the  prisoners forthwith; but a few, more  human[e] than the rest, were not willing  to see prisoners murdered, while in open  court, they advised them to go to jail  to save their lives; this they did, and  were hurried, but with difficulty pro tected by those few friends, to the jail;  where they felt happy to be locked in.  They were visited by some influencial  men, who told them that the mob had  now become desperate, and that the  whole had become enraged, and  nothing would stop them from massa creing the whole society, but to leave  the forthwith. About midnight  the sheriff, with two other men, went  with , and to vis it their brethren who were collected  near town. A short consultation was  held with some of them, when it was  agreed that they would leave the immediately, and use their influence  with their brethren, to have them go  also. These were times which tried  men’s souls; to stay where they were  was death, and to undertake to remove  so large a body at once, there being  about ten or twelve hundred of them,  looked like destruction of much proper ty, if not of lives. It seemed, however  to be the only alternative; and proper ty at that time was no object. If they  could but obtain sufficient to live upon,  they chose rather to wander off into  some lonely wilderness, or even descent [desert]  where they could enjoy peace, than to  stay where they were, even if they  could, and be continually harrassed as  they had been for a few months past.  But to return to the thread of our sto ry, the party in returning back to jail,  were met at the jail, by a company of  mobbers who were disposed to kill the  prisoners in spite of the sheriff and his  assistants; and seeing  their danger, broke and run, but were  fired at; had two guns snapped  at him, one of which flashed in the pan;  he was then knocked down, but not in jured so but that with the help of the  sheriff and his assistants he soon got  into the jail, where he felt himself  measurably safe. Early next morning  the prisoners were discharged. It was  afterwards acknowledged by the ene my that they had intended to have ta ken the leading men for some pretend ed crime, a few at a time until they  got them all, and shut them up in pris on; and then to have fallen upon the  rest and drove them out of the  and then sent the leaders after them.
The saints were such abominable  characters, doing so many wicked  things which the law could not reach,  that they had become very obnoxious,  to the good people of ,  who were so pious, so moral and so  loyal to the constitution and laws of  our , that they would not live  with them, but must thrust them out:  Whereas, if any, even the the most  abandoned amongst the saints would  leave the church, deny the faith take  a good dram of whiskey, swear and  blaspheme the name of God roundly,  they could be permitted to stay, they  were hail fellows well met. They  made the offer themselves, that if any  would deny the faith and leave the [p. 34]
where his brethren had fled to. They also threatened women and children.— In this manner they spent their time for about an hour, when about sundown a company, of thirty brethren, marched up, and as soon as they came near enough, the mob fired upon them, and they immediately fired back; after a round or two, the mob retreated and left the ground; they were followed a short distance, but not far.
Two of the mob, and a number of horses were killed, and some five or six wounded. The mob were so frightened, that they left their dead on the ground over night. The saints had four or five wounded, one by the name of Andrew Barber mortally, who died the next day. was wounded, in the bowels by the first gun fired.
The same day at , , , and were taken for assault and battery, and false imprisonment by , whom they had taken the Friday night previous. And although they could not get a warrant for him, for breaking the , yet he had obtained one for them, for catching him at it.
They were prisoners in the , on trial, when news of the battle reached town. It was stated, that the Mormons had killed twenty of the mob, and had gone to s and shot his son. In a moment as it were, all was confusion in the house. The majority were for massacreing the prisoners forthwith; but a few, more humane than the rest, were not willing to see prisoners murdered, while in open court, they advised them to go to jail to save their lives; this they did, and were hurried, but with difficulty protected by those few friends, to the jail; where they felt happy to be locked in. They were visited by some influencial men, who told them that the mob had now become desperate, and that the whole had become enraged, and nothing would stop them from massacreing the whole society, but to leave the forthwith. About midnight the sheriff, with two other men, went with , and to visit their brethren who were collected near town. A short consultation was held with some of them, when it was agreed that they would leave the immediately, and use their influence with their brethren, to have them go also. These were times which tried men’s souls; to stay where they were was death, and to undertake to remove so large a body at once, there being about ten or twelve hundred of them, looked like destruction of much property, if not of lives. It seemed, however to be the only alternative; and property at that time was no object. If they could but obtain sufficient to live upon, they chose rather to wander off into some lonely wilderness, or even descent desert where they could enjoy peace, than to stay where they were, even if they could, and be continually harrassed as they had been for a few months past. But to return to the thread of our story, the party in returning back to jail, were met at the jail, by a company of mobbers who were disposed to kill the prisoners in spite of the sheriff and his assistants; and seeing their danger, broke and run, but were fired at; had two guns snapped at him, one of which flashed in the pan; he was then knocked down, but not injured so but that with the help of the sheriff and his assistants he soon got into the jail, where he felt himself measurably safe. Early next morning the prisoners were discharged. It was afterwards acknowledged by the enemy that they had intended to have taken the leading men for some pretended crime, a few at a time until they got them all, and shut them up in prison; and then to have fallen upon the rest and drove them out of the and then sent the leaders after them.
The saints were such abominable characters, doing so many wicked things which the law could not reach, that they had become very obnoxious, to the good people of , who were so pious, so moral and so loyal to the constitution and laws of our , that they would not live with them, but must thrust them out: Whereas, if any, even the the most abandoned amongst the saints would leave the church, deny the faith take a good dram of whiskey, swear and blaspheme the name of God roundly, they could be permitted to stay, they were hail fellows well met. They made the offer themselves, that if any would deny the faith and leave the [p. 34]
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