Letterbook 2

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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with , a number of our people who were living near Haun’s [Hawn’s] Mill  on , about twenty miles below , together with a number  of emigrants who had been stopped there in consequence of the excitement,  made an arrangement with the mob which was about there, that neither  party would molest the other, but dwell in peace. Shortly after this  arrangement agreement was made, a mob party of from two to three  hundred, many of whom are supposed to be from ,  some from , and also those who had agreed to dwell in peace, came  upon our people there, in <whose> number in men was were about forty; at a time  they little expected any such thing, and without any ceremony, not withstanding they begged for quarters; shot them down as they would tigers  or panthers. Some few made their escape by fleeing. Eighteen were killed  and a number more severely wounded. This tragedy was conducted in the  most brutal manner. An old man, after the massacre was partially over,  threw himself into their hands and begged for quarters, when he was instantly  shot down, that not killing him, they took an old corn cutter, and literally  mangled him to pieces. A lad of ten years of age, after being shot down  also begged to be spared, when one of them placed the muzzle of his gun, to his  head and blew out his brains. The slaughter of these people, not satisfying  the mob, they proceeded to mob and plunder the people. The scene that  presented itself after the massacre, to the widows and orphans of the killed, is  beyond description. It was truly a time of weeping, of mourning and of  lamentation. As yet we have not heard of any being arrested for these  murders, notwithstanding there are men boasting about the Country, that they  did kill on that occasion, more than one Mormon, whereas all our people, who  were in the battle with , against , that can be found,  have been arrested, and are now confined in jail to await their trial for  murder.
When arrived near , and presented  the ’s order, we were greatly surprised, yet we felt willing to submit  to the authorities of the . We gave up our arms without reluctance;  we were then made prisoners and confined to the limits of the town for about  a week; during which time the men from the Country were not permitted  to go to their families, many of whom were in a suffering Condition, for the  want of food and firewood, the weather being very cold and stormy.  Much property was destroyed by the troops in town, during their stay there:  Such as burning houselogs, rails, corncribs, boards &c, the using of corn  and hay, the plundering of houses, the killing of Cattle, sheep and hogs, and also  the taking of horses not their own, and all this without regard to owners, or [p. 30]
with , a number of our people who were living near Haun’s [Hawn’s] Mill on , about twenty miles below , together with a number of emigrants who had been stopped there in consequence of the excitement, made an arrangement with the mob which was about there, that neither party would molest the other, but dwell in peace. Shortly after this agreement was made, a mob party of from two to three hundred, many of whom are supposed to be from , some from , and also those who had agreed to dwell in peace, came upon our people there, whose number in men were about forty; at a time they little expected any such thing, and without any ceremony, notwithstanding they begged for quarters; shot them down as they would tigers or panthers. Some few made their escape by fleeing. Eighteen were killed and a number more severely wounded. This tragedy was conducted in the most brutal manner. An old man, after the massacre was partially over, threw himself into their hands and begged for quarters, when he was instantly shot down, that not killing him, they took an old corn cutter, and literally mangled him to pieces. A lad of ten years of age, after being shot down also begged to be spared, when one of them placed the muzzle of his gun, to his head and blew out his brains. The slaughter of these people, not satisfying the mob, they proceeded to mob and plunder the people. The scene that presented itself after the massacre, to the widows and orphans of the killed, is beyond description. It was truly a time of weeping, of mourning and of lamentation. As yet we have not heard of any being arrested for these murders, notwithstanding there are men boasting about the Country, that they did kill on that occasion, more than one Mormon, whereas all our people, who were in the battle with , against , that can be found, have been arrested, and are now confined in jail to await their trial for murder.
When arrived near , and presented the ’s order, we were greatly surprised, yet we felt willing to submit to the authorities of the . We gave up our arms without reluctance; we were then made prisoners and confined to the limits of the town for about a week; during which time the men from the Country were not permitted to go to their families, many of whom were in a suffering Condition, for the want of food and firewood, the weather being very cold and stormy. Much property was destroyed by the troops in town, during their stay there: Such as burning houselogs, rails, corncribs, boards &c, the using of corn and hay, the plundering of houses, the killing of Cattle, sheep and hogs, and also the taking of horses not their own, and all this without regard to owners, or [p. 30]
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