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

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to his head and blew out his brains. The slaughter of these people  not satisfying the mob, they then proceeded to mob and plunder the  people. The scene that presented itself after the massacre, to the  widows and orphans of the killed, is beyond description. 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, notwith standing 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 reluc tance; we were then made prisoners, and confined to the limits of the   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 condition for the want of food and fire-wood, the weather be ing very cold and stormy. Much property was destroyed by the  troops in town during their stay there: such as burning house-logs,  rails, corn-cribs, boards, &c., the using of corn and hay, the plunder ing of houses, the killing of cattle, sheep and hogs and also the tak ing of horses not their own, and all this without regard to owners or  asking leave of any one. In the mean time, men were abused, wo men insulted and abused by the troops, and all this, while we were  kept prisoners; Whilst the was guarded we were called together  by the order of , and a guard placed close around us, and  in that situation, were compelled to sign a deed of trust for the pur pose of making our individual property all holden, as they said, to pay  all the debts of every individual belonging to the church, and also to  pay for all damages the old inhabitants of may have sustain ed in consequence of the late difficulties in that
was now arrived, and the first important move made by  him was the collecting of our men together on the square, and selected  out about fifty of them, whom he immediately marched into a house,  and confined close; this was done without the aid of the Sheriff, or  any legal process. The next day forty-six of those taken, were driven  like a parcel of menial slaves, off to , not knowing why  they were taken, or what they were taken for. After being confined  in more than two weeks, about one half were liberated;  the rest, after another week’s confinement, were most of them, required  to appear at court, and have since been let to bail. Since  withdrew his troops from , parties of armed men have gone  through the country, driving off horses, sheep, and cattle, and also  plundering houses. The barbarity of ’ troops ought not  to be passed over in silence. They shot our cattle and hogs, merely for  the sake of destroying them, leaving them for the ravens to eat. They  took prisoner an aged man by the name of name of , and with out any reason for it he was struck over the head with a gun, which  laid his skull bare. Another man by the name of Carey was also  taken prisoner by them, and without any provocation had his brains  dashed out with a gun. He was laid in a wagon, and there permitted [p. 56]
to his head and blew out his brains. The slaughter of these people not satisfying the mob, they then proceeded to mob and plunder the people. The scene that presented itself after the massacre, to the widows and orphans of the killed, is beyond description. 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 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 condition for the want of food and fire-wood, the weather being very cold and stormy. Much property was destroyed by the troops in town during their stay there: such as burning house-logs, rails, corn-cribs, boards, &c., the using of corn and hay, the plundering of houses, the killing of cattle, sheep and hogs and also the taking of horses not their own, and all this without regard to owners or asking leave of any one. In the mean time, men were abused, women insulted and abused by the troops, and all this, while we were kept prisoners; Whilst the was guarded we were called together by the order of , and a guard placed close around us, and in that situation, were compelled to sign a deed of trust for the purpose of making our individual property all holden, as they said, to pay all the debts of every individual belonging to the church, and also to pay for all damages the old inhabitants of may have sustained in consequence of the late difficulties in that
was now arrived, and the first important move made by him was the collecting of our men together on the square, and selected out about fifty of them, whom he immediately marched into a house, and confined close; this was done without the aid of the Sheriff, or any legal process. The next day forty-six of those taken, were driven like a parcel of menial slaves, off to , not knowing why they were taken, or what they were taken for. After being confined in more than two weeks, about one half were liberated; the rest, after another week’s confinement, were most of them, required to appear at court, and have since been let to bail. Since withdrew his troops from , parties of armed men have gone through the country, driving off horses, sheep, and cattle, and also plundering houses. The barbarity of ’ troops ought not to be passed over in silence. They shot our cattle and hogs, merely for the sake of destroying them, leaving them for the ravens to eat. They took prisoner an aged man by the name of name of , and without any reason for it he was struck over the head with a gun, which laid his skull bare. Another man by the name of Carey was also taken prisoner by them, and without any provocation had his brains dashed out with a gun. He was laid in a wagon, and there permitted [p. 56]
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