History, 1838–1856, volume B-1 [1 September 1834–2 November 1838]

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<​October 27th.​> acquainted with his business in that section, and wherever he has been called upon to act, he has done so, and with good management he has accomplished and effected, a close, of a very large amount of business for said Society, and as I believe to the entire satisfaction of all concerned. Geauga County Ohio Octr. 27. 1838” [HC 3:174]
was buried this day at and <​Addenda Note Z. p— 10​>
<​ exterminating Order​> exterminating Order was issued from
“Head Quarters, Militia City of Jefferson Octor. 27, 1838— Sir— Since the order of the morning to you, directing you to cause four hundred mounted men to be raised within your division, I have received by Esqre. and Wiley E. Williams Esqre. one of my aids, information of the most appalling character, which changes the whole face of things, and places the Mormons in the attitude of open and avowed defiance of the laws, and of having made open War upon the people of this . Your orders are, therefore, to hasten your operations and endeavour to reach , in with all possible speed. The Mormons must be treated as enemies, and must be exterminated or driven from the , if necessary, for the public good. Their outrages are beyond all description. If you can increase your force, you are authorised to do so, to any extent you may think necessary. I have just issued orders to Maj. Gen. Wallock, of Marion County, to raise 500 men, and to march them to the northern part of , and there unite with of who has been ordered with 500 men to proceed to the same point, for the purpose of intercepting the retreat of the Mormons to the North. They have been directed to communicate with you by express. You can also communicate with them if you find it necessary. Instead therefore of proceeding, as at first directed, to re-instate the Citizens of in their homes, you will proceed immediately to and there operate against the Mormons. of has been ordered to have four hundred men of his brigade in readiness to join you at . The whole force will be placed under your Command. , Govr. and Commander in Chief” To
28 October 1838 • Sunday
<​28th.​> Great excitement now prevailed, and mobs were heard [HC 3:175] of in every direction who seemed determined on our destruction. They burned the houses in the Country and took off all the Cattle they could find. They destroyed Cornfields, took many prisoners, and threatned death to all the Mormons.
“Head Quarters of the 3rd. and 4th. Div. Mi. Octr. 28. 1838.— To the Commander in Chief Mi. Sir:— From late outrages committed by the Mormons, civil War is inevitable. They have set the laws of the Country at defiance, and are in open rebellion. We have about two thousand men under arms to keep them in check. The presence of the Commander in Chief is deemed absolutely necessary, and we most respectfully urge that your Excellency be at the seat of war, as soon as possible. Your most obdt. servt. M. G. 3rd. Div. M. G. 4th. Div. [HC 3:176]
29 October 1838 • Monday
<​29​> had become so hardened by mobbing the Saints in , and his conscience so “seared with a hot iron” that he was <​probably​> considered a fit subject for the Gubernatorial Chair, and it was <​probably​> his hatred to truth and the “Mormons”, and his blood thirsty murderous disposition, that raised him to the Station he occupied His exterminating order of the twenty seventh, aroused every Spirit in the , of the like stamp of his own, and the Mobocrats were flocking to the Standard of from almost every quarter. , although not the ranking officer, was selected by as the most fit instrument to carry out his murderous designs; for bad as they were in very few commanding officers were yet sufficiently hardened to go all length with in this contemplated inhuman butchery, and expulsion from one of the, should be free and independant [p. 842]
October 27th. acquainted with his business in that section, and wherever he has been called upon to act, he has done so, and with good management he has accomplished and effected, a close, of a very large amount of business for said Society, and as I believe to the entire satisfaction of all concerned. Geauga County Ohio Octr. 27. 1838” [HC 3:174]
was buried this day at — Addenda Note Z. p— 10
exterminating Order exterminating Order was issued from
“Head Quarters, Militia City of Jefferson Octor. 27, 1838— Sir— Since the order of the morning to you, directing you to cause four hundred mounted men to be raised within your division, I have received by Esqre. and Wiley E. Williams Esqre. one of my aids, information of the most appalling character, which changes the whole face of things, and places the Mormons in the attitude of open and avowed defiance of the laws, and of having made open War upon the people of this . Your orders are, therefore, to hasten your operations and endeavour to reach , in with all possible speed. The Mormons must be treated as enemies, and must be exterminated or driven from the , if necessary, for the public good. Their outrages are beyond all description. If you can increase your force, you are authorised to do so, to any extent you may think necessary. I have just issued orders to Maj. Gen. Wallock, of Marion County, to raise 500 men, and to march them to the northern part of , and there unite with of who has been ordered with 500 men to proceed to the same point, for the purpose of intercepting the retreat of the Mormons to the North. They have been directed to communicate with you by express. You can also communicate with them if you find it necessary. Instead therefore of proceeding, as at first directed, to re-instate the Citizens of in their homes, you will proceed immediately to and there operate against the Mormons. of has been ordered to have four hundred men of his brigade in readiness to join you at . The whole force will be placed under your Command. , Govr. and Commander in Chief” To
28 October 1838 • Sunday
28th. Great excitement now prevailed, and mobs were heard [HC 3:175] of in every direction who seemed determined on our destruction. They burned the houses in the Country and took off all the Cattle they could find. They destroyed Cornfields, took many prisoners, and threatned death to all the Mormons.
“Head Quarters of the 3rd. and 4th. Div. Mi. Octr. 28. 1838.— To the Commander in Chief Mi. Sir:— From late outrages committed by the Mormons, civil War is inevitable. They have set the laws of the Country at defiance, and are in open rebellion. We have about two thousand men under arms to keep them in check. The presence of the Commander in Chief is deemed absolutely necessary, and we most respectfully urge that your Excellency be at the seat of war, as soon as possible. Your most obdt. servt. M. G. 3rd. Div. M. G. 4th. Div. [HC 3:176]
29 October 1838 • Monday
29 had become so hardened by mobbing the Saints in , and his conscience so “seared with a hot iron” that he was considered a fit subject for the Gubernatorial Chair, and it was probably his hatred to truth and the “Mormons”, and his blood thirsty murderous disposition, that raised him to the Station he occupied His exterminating order of the twenty seventh, aroused every Spirit in the , of the like stamp of his own, and the Mobocrats were flocking to the Standard of from almost every quarter. , although not the ranking officer, was selected by as the most fit instrument to carry out his murderous designs; for bad as they were in very few commanding officers were yet sufficiently hardened to go all length with in this contemplated inhuman butchery, and expulsion from one of the, should be free and independant [p. 842]
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