Sidney Rigdon, Appeal to the American People, 1840

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self who had escaped with our lives from the horrid mas sacre, repaired as soon as possible, to the mills, to learn the  condition of our friend whose fate we had truly anticipated.
When we arrived at the house of , we found  Mr. [Levi] Merrick’s body lying in the rear of the house, ’s in front, literally mangled from head to foot.  We were informed by Miss Rebecca Judd, who was an  eye witness, that he was shot with his own gun, after he  had given it up, and then was cut to pieces with an old  corn cutter, by a , of , who  keeps a ferry on , and who has since, repeat edly boasted of this act of savage barbarity. ’s  body we found in the house; and after viewing these  corpses we immediately went to the black-smith’s shop  where we found nine of our friends, eight of whom  were already dead, the other, Mr. [Simon] Cox, of Indiana,  struggling in the agonies of death, and soon expired.  We immediately prepared and carried them to a place of  interment: This last office of kindness due to the relics  of departed friends, was not attended with the customa ry ceremoni[e]s nor decency: for we were in jeopardy, every  moment expecting to be fired on by the mob, who we  supposed were lying in ambush, waiting for the first oppor tunity to despatch the remaining few, who were provi dentially preserved from the slaughter of the preceding  day. However, we accomplished without molestation  this painful task. The place of burying, was a vault in  the ground formerly intended for a well, into which we  threw the bodies of our friends promiscuously. Among those  slain, I will mention Sardius Smith, son of ,  about nine years old, who, through fear, had crawled un der the bellows in the shop, where he remained until the massacre was over, when he was discovered by a Mr.  [Ira] Glaze of Corrill [Carroll] County, who presented his rifle near the  boy’s head and literally blowed off the upper part of it.  Mr. Stanley, of Corroll, told me afterwards that Glaze  boasted of this deed all over the County.
The number killed and mortally wounded in this wan ton slaughter was eighteen or nineteen, whose names, as  far as I can recollect, were as follows:  Levi Merrick, Elias Benner, Josiah Fuller, Benjamin [p. 55]
self who had escaped with our lives from the horrid massacre, repaired as soon as possible, to the mills, to learn the condition of our friend whose fate we had truly anticipated.
When we arrived at the house of , we found Mr. Levi Merrick’s body lying in the rear of the house, ’s in front, literally mangled from head to foot. We were informed by Miss Rebecca Judd, who was an eye witness, that he was shot with his own gun, after he had given it up, and then was cut to pieces with an old corn cutter, by a , of , who keeps a ferry on , and who has since, repeatedly boasted of this act of savage barbarity. ’s body we found in the house; and after viewing these corpses we immediately went to the black-smith’s shop where we found nine of our friends, eight of whom were already dead, the other, Mr. Simon Cox, of Indiana, struggling in the agonies of death, and soon expired. We immediately prepared and carried them to a place of interment: This last office of kindness due to the relics of departed friends, was not attended with the customary ceremonies nor decency: for we were in jeopardy, every moment expecting to be fired on by the mob, who we supposed were lying in ambush, waiting for the first opportunity to despatch the remaining few, who were providentially preserved from the slaughter of the preceding day. However, we accomplished without molestation this painful task. The place of burying, was a vault in the ground formerly intended for a well, into which we threw the bodies of our friends promiscuously. Among those slain, I will mention Sardius Smith, son of , about nine years old, who, through fear, had crawled under the bellows in the shop, where he remained until themassacre was over, when he was discovered by a Mr. Ira Glaze of Corrill [Carroll] County, who presented his rifle near the boy’s head and literally blowed off the upper part of it. Mr. Stanley, of Corroll, told me afterwards that Glaze boasted of this deed all over the County.
The number killed and mortally wounded in this wanton slaughter was eighteen or nineteen, whose names, as far as I can recollect, were as follows: Levi Merrick, Elias Benner, Josiah Fuller, Benjamin [p. 55]
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