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

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As their custom had been from the beginning, so it was now; with his banditti of painted ruffians, were incorporated  with the army and called Militia; and this was an atonement for all  the thefts, robberies, and other outrages, which they had committed  against the public peace.
Sometime in the course of the next day, after the arrival of ’ army, we were made acquainted with the fact, that they  were there, by the orders of the . Until this time, we sup posed that they were a mob. Here follows the ’s order:
Head Quarters of the Militia,)
City of Jefferson, Oct. 27th, 1838.)
Sir:—Since the order of the morning to you, directing you to come  with four hundred mounted men, to be raised within your Division, I  have received, by , Esq., and Wiley C. Williams, Esq.,  one of my aids, information of the most appalling character, which  changes entirely the face of things, and places the Mormons in the  attitude of an avowed defiance of the laws, and of having made war  upon the people of this . Your orders are therefore, to hasten  your operations and endeavor to reach in Ray County,  with all possible speed. The Mormons must be treated as enemies  and must be exterminated, or driven from the , if necessary for  the public peace.
Their outrages, are beyond all description. If you can increase your  force, you are authorized to do so, to any extent you may think neces sary. I have just issued orders to Major General Wollock of Marion  County, to raise five hundred men, and to march them to the northern  part of and there to unite with of  —who has been ordered with five hundred men, to proceed to the  same point for the purpose of intercepting the retreat of the Mor mons to the north. They have been directed to communicate with  you by express. You can also communicate with them if you find  it necessary. Instead therefore, of proceeding as at first directed to  re-instate the citizens of in their houses, you will proceed  immediately to , and there operate against the Mormons.   of , has been ordered to have four hun dred of his Brigade in readiness to join you at . The  whole force will be placed under your command.
(Signed) ,
Governor and Commander-in-chief.
To .
This order of ’, was given, as he, and the whole band of them  pretended, in consequence of the battle: pretending that he  had been sent there, by legal authority. Now, for this legal business.   came into , without any legal authority whatever,  and committed all his outrages: but after he had committed them, he  sends a messenger to , for authority. sets  down and sends him a writing, authorizing him to guard the line, be tween the counties of and . ’s order  to , was copied by Samuel Tillary [Tillery] after dark, on the evening  before the battle was fought, and that was fought before daylight the [p. 35]
As their custom had been from the beginning, so it was now; with his banditti of painted ruffians, were incorporated with the army and called Militia; and this was an atonement for all the thefts, robberies, and other outrages, which they had committed against the public peace.
Sometime in the course of the next day, after the arrival of ’ army, we were made acquainted with the fact, that they were there, by the orders of the . Until this time, we supposed that they were a mob. Here follows the ’s order:
Head Quarters of the Militia,)
City of Jefferson, Oct. 27th, 1838.)
Sir:—Since the order of the morning to you, directing you to come with four hundred mounted men, to be raised within your Division, I have received, by , Esq., and Wiley C. Williams, Esq., one of my aids, information of the most appalling character, which changes entirely the face of things, and places the Mormons in the attitude of an avowed defiance of the laws, and of having made war upon the people of this . Your orders are therefore, to hasten your operations and endeavor to reach in Ray County, with all possible speed. The Mormons must be treated as enemies and must be exterminated, or driven from the , if necessary for the public peace.
Their outrages, are beyond all description. If you can increase your force, you are authorized to do so, to any extent you may think necessary. I have just issued orders to Major General Wollock of Marion County, to raise five hundred men, and to march them to the northern part of and there to unite with of —who has been ordered with five hundred men, to proceed to the same point for the purpose of intercepting the retreat of the Mormons to the north. They have been directed to communicate with you by express. You can also communicate with them if you find it necessary. Instead therefore, of proceeding as at first directed to re-instate the citizens of in their houses, you will proceed immediately to , and there operate against the Mormons. of , has been ordered to have four hundred of his Brigade in readiness to join you at . The whole force will be placed under your command.
(Signed) ,
Governor and Commander-in-chief.
To .
This order of ’, was given, as he, and the whole band of them pretended, in consequence of the battle: pretending that he had been sent there, by legal authority. Now, for this legal business. came into , without any legal authority whatever, and committed all his outrages: but after he had committed them, he sends a messenger to , for authority. sets down and sends him a writing, authorizing him to guard the line, between the counties of and . ’s order to , was copied by Samuel Tillary Tillery after dark, on the evening before the battle was fought, and that was fought before daylight the [p. 35]
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