Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1845

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en of the Nauvoo Lodge. Another man of the name of , was knocked on the head at the same time, and his skull  laid bare the width of a man’s hand, and he lay, to all appea rance, in the agonies of death for several hours; but by <the> permission of  , his friends brought him out of the camp; and wi th good nursing he slowly recovered, and is now living. there was  another man whose name is Powell, who was beat on the head with  the britch of a gun until his skull was fractured and his brains run  out in two or three places. He is now alive and lives in this , but has lost the use of his senses, several persons of his famlly  were also left for dead but have since recovered. These acts of  barbarity were also committed by the soldiers under the comm and of previous to having received the ’s  order of extermination.
“It was on the evening of the 30 of October, according the b est of my recollection that the army arrived in , the sun  about half an hour high. In a few minutes afterwards, arrived with his army and formed a junction. This  had been stationed at Hunter’s mills for about two months prev ious to that time— committing deppridations upon the inhabitants — capturing men, women, and children, and carrying them off as  prisoners, lacerating their bodies with hickory withes. The army of , were painted like Indians, some of them were more conspicuous  than were others, designated by red spots, and he, also, was pain ted in a similar manner, with red spots marked on his face, and  stiled himself, the “Delaware Chief.” They would whoop and  hallow and yell as near like Indians as they could, and continu ed to do so all that night. In the morning early the of the  Militia, sent a messenger unto the camp with a white flag,  to have another interview with — On his return  he informed us that <the> ’s order had arrived. said that the order of the was, to exterminate  the Mormons, by God, but he would be damned if he obeyed [p. 262]
en of the Nauvoo Lodge. Another man of the name of , was knocked on the head at the same time, and his skull laid bare the width of a man’s hand, and he lay, to all appearance, in the agonies of death for several hours; but by the permission of , his friends brought him out of the camp; and with good nursing he slowly recovered, and is now living. there was another man whose name is Powell, who was beat on the head with the britch of a gun until his skull was fractured and his brains run out in two or three places. He is now alive and lives in this , but has lost the use of his senses, several persons of his famlly were also left for dead but have since recovered. These acts of barbarity were also committed by the soldiers under the command of previous to having received the ’s order of extermination.
“It was on the evening of the 30 of October, according the best of my recollection that the army arrived in , the sun about half an hour high. In a few minutes afterwards, arrived with his army and formed a junction. This had been stationed at Hunter’s mills for about two months previous to that time— committing deppridations upon the inhabitants— capturing men, women, and children, and carrying them off as prisoners, lacerating their bodies with hickory withes. The army of , were painted like Indians, some of them were more conspicuous than were others, designated by red spots, and he, also, was painted in a similar manner, with red spots marked on his face, and stiled himself, the “Delaware Chief.” They would whoop and hallow and yell as near like Indians as they could, and continued to do so all that night. In the morning early the of the Militia, sent a messenger unto the camp with a white flag, to have another interview with — On his return he informed us that the ’s order had arrived. said that the order of the was, to exterminate the Mormons, by God, but he would be damned if he obeyed [p. 262]
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