John Fletcher Darby Papers, Missouri History Museum Archives, St. Louis.

John Corrill, “Brief History,” Manuscript, circa 1838–1839

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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Chapter 22
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<Destructionist and destroying Angel. Battle with  . Great excitement and people in arms.   and escape. and the  Militia. Battle at Hawns mill.>
<X 22> mean while was well guarded  for they had heard that they were to be attac ted by with a company  from the Platt. But he did not attempt  it. They also heard that a company  was coming from Buncum, and they  organized a company of ten men that  were called the Destructionist, whose  commander was called the Destroying  Angel. Their business was to watch  the movements of the citizens and if they  gathered in Buncum and left the place  for these destructionists were  to slip in behind them and burn the  place. So they were to do it, it was said,  by , or any other place that  should turn out men to injure them.  I believe they never attempted to burn  another place, though -[it was reported in that time was set for them to burn  that place, and many left it for a short  time, but this I think was incorrect.  Shortly after the Mormon troops came from   they received news that a company  was gathered on and that  some of them had been to some houses  on Log creek in and ordered  off the families with severe threats if they  were not off by sunrise the next morning.  They took away their arms and <it was said> also burnt  a waggon and a house and took three men  prisoners. On receiving this news, a  company was fitted out to disperse them.  Capt Fear not () comman ded them. They went in the night to the  house of Fields in , but [p. 70]
Chapter 22
Chap 22
Destructionist and destroying Angel. Battle with . Great excitement and people in arms. and escape. and the Militia. Battle at Hawns mill.
X 22 mean while was well guarded for they had heard they were to be attacted by with a company from the Platt. But he did not attempt it. They also heard that a company was coming from Buncum, and they organized a company of ten men that were called the Destructionist, whose commander was called the Destroying Angel. Their business was to watch the movements of the citizens and if they gathered in Buncum and left the place for these destructionists were to slip in behind them and burn the place. So they were to do it, it was said, by , or any other place that should turn out men to injure them. I believe they never attempted to burn another place, though -[it was reported in that time was set for them to burn that place, and many left it for a short time, but this I think was incorrect. Shortly after the Mormon troops came from they received news that a company was gathered on and that some of them had been to some houses on Log creek in and ordered off the families with severe threats if they were not off by sunrise the next morning. They took away their arms and it was said also burnt a waggon and a house and took three men prisoners. On receiving this news, a company was fitted out to disperse them. Capt Fear not () commanded them. They went in the night to the house of Fields in , but [p. 70]
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