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

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, took one hundred men, and went to give them battle,  though they reported themselves four hundred strong, and had a can non. As gave the chase, the mob fled before him. The  pursuit lasted for two or three days, during which time, a general de struction of property took place, burning houses, &c. The saints  fled into , with what they could carry with them, and the  rest of their property was destroyed. They drove in, such of their  cattle, horses, hogs and sheep as they could get. Their houses were  soon wrapped in flames, and what they had left behind them, made  a prey of.
, at last got so near the mob, they left their cannon and  fled. He took the cannon, and returned to , and thus ended  the scene of destruction. It is necessary for a proper understanding  of this matter, about the destruction of property, for the reader to  know that the saints had bought a heavy portion of ;  for which, there are documents now to show, and were to have pos session in a short time. Let it be noticed that the mob, in these burn ings, had little to lose; they had got their pay, for both their houses  and their lands, and their whole object was, to drive the saints from  them, and keep both their lands and their pay; which by the assist ance of , they have been enabled to do. The mob  declared, while they were selling their lands, that they would do so,  and if they could not accomplish their object any other way, they  would burn their houses, and report the saints had done it. This can  be proven by Mr. Uriah B. Powel.
After the mob was dispersed, and their cannon taken; the people  from , returned home, in hopes of having peace; but this  hope proved to be vain, for , who had been very  active in the mob, and a commander of one of their companies, that  was painted, commenced collecting his painted and scattered forces  on a stream, that was called the Grindstone. After he had got as he  supposed, a sufficient number of them collected and well painted, he  came into , and took cattle and horses, &c.; and the  people of had to set guards, to protect their property.
Some short time after commenced his operations, messen gers came to , reporting, that in the south part of , there was a body of armed men, threatening the lives of  the people, and ordering them out of the by 11 o’clock the  next morning under pain of death, unless they would renounce their  religion: that they had burned, and were burning houses—had set  fire to a wagon load of goods, which a man had not unloaded at his  door—that they were breaking into houses—taking their guns, and  they had actually taken three prisoners. The same report reached,  again about midnight. On the arrival of the second report, the be forementioned , took about sixty men, and went to inquire  into the affair. When he got to the place, the mob had moved: he  went in pursuit, and unexpectedly, fell in with their guards. The  guard fired, and killed one of his men. then ordered a rush:  they immediately fell on them; the company fled very soon, but not  until was killed, and a man by the name of ; the name of one killed by the guard, was .  , reported one killed, and a number wounded. [p. 33]
, took one hundred men, and went to give them battle, though they reported themselves four hundred strong, and had a cannon. As gave the chase, the mob fled before him. The pursuit lasted for two or three days, during which time, a general destruction of property took place, burning houses, &c. The saints fled into , with what they could carry with them, and the rest of their property was destroyed. They drove in, such of their cattle, horses, hogs and sheep as they could get. Their houses were soon wrapped in flames, and what they had left behind them, made a prey of.
, at last got so near the mob, they left their cannon and fled. He took the cannon, and returned to , and thus ended the scene of destruction. It is necessary for a proper understanding of this matter, about the destruction of property, for the reader to know that the saints had bought a heavy portion of ; for which, there are documents now to show, and were to have possession in a short time. Let it be noticed that the mob, in these burnings, had little to lose; they had got their pay, for both their houses and their lands, and their whole object was, to drive the saints from them, and keep both their lands and their pay; which by the assistance of , they have been enabled to do. The mob declared, while they were selling their lands, that they would do so, and if they could not accomplish their object any other way, they would burn their houses, and report the saints had done it. This can be proven by Mr. Uriah B. Powel.
After the mob was dispersed, and their cannon taken; the people from , returned home, in hopes of having peace; but this hope proved to be vain, for , who had been very active in the mob, and a commander of one of their companies, that was painted, commenced collecting his painted and scattered forces on a stream, that was called the Grindstone. After he had got as he supposed, a sufficient number of them collected and well painted, he came into , and took cattle and horses, &c.; and the people of had to set guards, to protect their property.
Some short time after commenced his operations, messengers came to , reporting, that in the south part of , there was a body of armed men, threatening the lives of the people, and ordering them out of the by 11 o’clock the next morning under pain of death, unless they would renounce their religion: that they had burned, and were burning houses—had set fire to a wagon load of goods, which a man had not unloaded at his door—that they were breaking into houses—taking their guns, and they had actually taken three prisoners. The same report reached, again about midnight. On the arrival of the second report, the beforementioned , took about sixty men, and went to inquire into the affair. When he got to the place, the mob had moved: he went in pursuit, and unexpectedly, fell in with their guards. The guard fired, and killed one of his men. then ordered a rush: they immediately fell on them; the company fled very soon, but not until was killed, and a man by the name of ; the name of one killed by the guard, was . , reported one killed, and a number wounded. [p. 33]
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