John Corrill, A Brief History of the Church of Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1839

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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Chapter 20
CHAPTER XX.
 
Gathering continued—Prisoners taken—Arms taken—Dispersion by the militia— Gathering at —Petition to the —Mormons leave  —Their spirits and feelings become desperate.
 
This, however, did not satisfy the people of . In my opinion  their great object was to get rid of the Mormons in their . The  excitement grew worse and worse, the people continued to gather to  the number of two or three hundred in , and appointed Dr. [William] Aus tin, of Carroll, as their leader. The Mormons also gathered at , under , ready for defence. Sentinels were kept  out by both parties, and they reconnoitered the country as they thought  proper.
A party of Austin’s men fired on two Mormons, a man and a boy,  the man escaped, but the boy they took prisoner. They also sent to   and got sixty or eighty stand of arms, but on the way to   the wagon broke down, and the Mormons got news of it and  sent ten men, who took the arms, forty-four in number, and three men  prisoners, and carried them to . These were afterwards de livered up to , as he passed through on his way to  . A messenger from the Mormons with this news, to gether with affidavits, taken before , was sent to , who ordered out five hundred militia to quell the disturbance.  , with a company from the Platte country, had joined Austin’s  company, and some Mormons from had joined ’s com pany.
Thus the militia found them. placed the militia  between the parties, visited both, and required them to disperse.  , I was told, submitted, and said he would be governed by the au thorities. The troops from dispersed and went home, but  Austin’s company did not disperse under two or three days, and then  with such reluctance that it was thought necessary to leave a company  of militia for thirty days, to keep the peace.
A little previous to this the citizens of Carroll county had called  meetings, and resolved to drive the Mormons from that county.  Several of the citizens of Carroll went to assist the people of , but after they were dispersed from they commenced  gathering against the Mormons in . The number collected  was about three hundred, and they also appointed Dr. Austin to  be their commander. The Mormons, though weak in that place,  prepared themselves for defence, and were commanded by . When they got this news at they turned out  about one hundred in number, and went to assist their brethren at  . Smith and went along. , of , with two companies of militia, went to the scene of dffii culty, but had not force enough to disperse them. Some of the  citizens near sent a petition to the , praying the  dispersion of the mob, as I was informed; but the Mormons were  informed that the said they must take care of themselves. [p. 35]
Chapter 20
CHAPTER XX.
 
Gathering continued—Prisoners taken—Arms taken—Dispersion by the militia—Gathering at —Petition to the —Mormons leave —Their spirits and feelings become desperate.
 
This, however, did not satisfy the people of . In my opinion their great object was to get rid of the Mormons in their . The excitement grew worse and worse, the people continued to gather to the number of two or three hundred in , and appointed Dr. William Austin, of Carroll, as their leader. The Mormons also gathered at , under , ready for defence. Sentinels were kept out by both parties, and they reconnoitered the country as they thought proper.
A party of Austin’s men fired on two Mormons, a man and a boy, the man escaped, but the boy they took prisoner. They also sent to and got sixty or eighty stand of arms, but on the way to the wagon broke down, and the Mormons got news of it and sent ten men, who took the arms, forty-four in number, and three men prisoners, and carried them to . These were afterwards delivered up to , as he passed through on his way to . A messenger from the Mormons with this news, together with affidavits, taken before , was sent to , who ordered out five hundred militia to quell the disturbance. , with a company from the Platte country, had joined Austin’s company, and some Mormons from had joined ’s company.
Thus the militia found them. placed the militia between the parties, visited both, and required them to disperse. , I was told, submitted, and said he would be governed by the authorities. The troops from dispersed and went home, but Austin’s company did not disperse under two or three days, and then with such reluctance that it was thought necessary to leave a company of militia for thirty days, to keep the peace.
A little previous to this the citizens of Carroll county had called meetings, and resolved to drive the Mormons from that county. Several of the citizens of Carroll went to assist the people of , but after they were dispersed from they commenced gathering against the Mormons in . The number collected was about three hundred, and they also appointed Dr. Austin to be their commander. The Mormons, though weak in that place, prepared themselves for defence, and were commanded by . When they got this news at they turned out about one hundred in number, and went to assist their brethren at . Smith and went along. , of , with two companies of militia, went to the scene of dffiiculty, but had not force enough to disperse them. Some of the citizens near sent a petition to the , praying the dispersion of the mob, as I was informed; but the Mormons were informed that the said they must take care of themselves. [p. 35]
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