Minute Book 2

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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begged for quarters, shot them down as they would Tigers  or Panthers; some few made their escape by fleeing,  Eighteen were killed & a number more severely wounded.
This tragedy was conducted in the most brutal and  savage manner. An old man, after the massacree  was partially overcome, threw himself into their hands &  begged for quarters, when he was instantly shot  down, that not killing him, they took an old corn  cutter, and litterally mangled him to pieces.——
A lad of seven 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 then proceeded to rob and  plunder the people.— The scene that presented  itself after the massacre, to the widows and  orphans, of the killed, is past discription!!!
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 [p. 168]
begged for quarters, shot them down as they would Tigers or Panthers; some few made their escape by fleeing, Eighteen were killed & a number more severely wounded.
This tragedy was conducted in the most brutal and savage manner. An old man, after the massacree was partially overcome, threw himself into their hands & begged for quarters, when he was instantly shot down, that not killing him, they took an old corn cutter, and litterally mangled him to pieces.——
A lad of seven 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 then proceeded to rob and plunder the people.— The scene that presented itself after the massacre, to the widows and orphans, of the killed, is past discription!!!
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 [p. 168]
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