Sidney Rigdon, Appeal to the American People, 1840, Second Edition

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they took up arms in their own defence, several battles were  fought, in which one of the saints was killed, and a number  wounded. Two of the mob were killed, and several wounded. At  last a number of them under the command of  marched to , where a great multitude of the mob  was collected for the purpose of giving them battle. ,  hearing of their intentions to give battle to the mob, organized  the mob, and called them the Militia under the command of . On the arrival of , he was com manded to surrender his arms and those who were with him.  This order, was given by the said ; this they, re fused to do, until he, , gave the strongest assurances to   and company that if they would, they should be pro tected, and return home in peace, and none should disturb them.  After these assurances were given, they gave up their arms. But  now, reader, for the sequel!
Did these high-minded and honorable men comply with their  covenant? no, indeed, but something very different! They seized  on the guns and other arms as a prey; and have kept them as  plunder to this day; and having the saints disarmed, they carried  their violence to all kinds of shameful lengths; men, women and  children, were driven from their houses in the night, barefoot and  nearly naked. This was about the middle of November. The  men were whipped and abused beyond all descripton. A man,  by the name of Benjamin Putnam, was whipped to death; his  body was taken up a day or two afterwards and buried. Others  were whipped until they had to tie handkerchiefs round them, to  keep their bowels from falling out. A man by the name of [Lyman] Leon ard was knocked down in his house with a chair, and was beat on  the head and other parts of the body, until the blood was running  from him on the floor. His wife, fearing lest they should kill  him, ran and threw herself on him, begging for his life; but the  brutal monsters, instead of regarding her tears and supplications,  beat her with the same weapon, with which they were beating  her husband, and they barely escaped with their lives. The wo men fled in all directions into the prairies and woods, and a  greater part barefoot, and with but little clothing, being driven  out in the night, many of them torn from their beds. In a short  time, you could track them by the blood which ran from their  feet. Wives were weeping and wailing, not knowing but their  husbands were murdered; their children, with their lacerated  and bleeding feet, were mourning and crying, asking for food but  could get none! In this deplorable condition, they had to travel  and sleep in the open prairies or under the rocks, in the month  of November, without food or covering; and there ask and see  what a kind Providence would do for them, while their robbers  and plunderers were glutting themselves upon the food they had  left in their houses; and gratifying their brutality, by throwing  it to the beasts, and carrying it home for their own use, and that  of their families, and by destroying the household stuff, or rather  stealing it, while the little ones, whose fathers had laid it up care [p. 10]
they took up arms in their own defence, several battles were fought, in which one of the saints was killed, and a number wounded. Two of the mob were killed, and several wounded. At last a number of them under the command of marched to , where a great multitude of the mob was collected for the purpose of giving them battle. , hearing of their intentions to give battle to the mob, organized the mob, and called them the Militia under the command of . On the arrival of , he was commanded to surrender his arms and those who were with him. This order, was given by the said ; this they, refused to do, until he, , gave the strongest assurances to and company that if they would, they should be protected, and return home in peace, and none should disturb them. After these assurances were given, they gave up their arms. But now, reader, for the sequel!
Did these high-minded and honorable men comply with their covenant? no, indeed, but something very different! They seized on the guns and other arms as a prey; and have kept them as plunder to this day; and having the saints disarmed, they carried their violence to all kinds of shameful lengths; men, women and children, were driven from their houses in the night, barefoot and nearly naked. This was about the middle of November. The men were whipped and abused beyond all descripton. A man, by the name of Benjamin Putnam, was whipped to death; his body was taken up a day or two afterwards and buried. Others were whipped until they had to tie handkerchiefs round them, to keep their bowels from falling out. A man by the name of Lyman Leonard was knocked down in his house with a chair, and was beat on the head and other parts of the body, until the blood was running from him on the floor. His wife, fearing lest they should kill him, ran and threw herself on him, begging for his life; but the brutal monsters, instead of regarding her tears and supplications, beat her with the same weapon, with which they were beating her husband, and they barely escaped with their lives. The women fled in all directions into the prairies and woods, and a greater part barefoot, and with but little clothing, being driven out in the night, many of them torn from their beds. In a short time, you could track them by the blood which ran from their feet. Wives were weeping and wailing, not knowing but their husbands were murdered; their children, with their lacerated and bleeding feet, were mourning and crying, asking for food but could get none! In this deplorable condition, they had to travel and sleep in the open prairies or under the rocks, in the month of November, without food or covering; and there ask and see what a kind Providence would do for them, while their robbers and plunderers were glutting themselves upon the food they had left in their houses; and gratifying their brutality, by throwing it to the beasts, and carrying it home for their own use, and that of their families, and by destroying the household stuff, or rather stealing it, while the little ones, whose fathers had laid it up care [p. 10]
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