Sidney Rigdon, Appeal to the American People, 1840

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Lewis, Alexander Campbell, , Sardius  Smith, George Richards, Mr. [William] Napier, Mr. Harmer [Austin Hammer], Mr.  [Simon] Cox, , , Wm. Merrick a boy 8 or 9 years  old, and three or four more, whose names I do not recol lect, as they were strangers to me. Among the wound ed who recovered were Isaac Laney [Leany], who had six balls  shot through him, two through his body, one through each  arm, and the other two through his hips. Nathan K.  Knight shot through the body; Mr. [William] Yokum who was  severely wounded, besides being shot through the head,  , —— [George] Myers, , , and  several others. Miss Mary Stedwell, while fleeing, was  shot through the hand and fainting, fell over a log, into  which they shot upwards of twenty balls.
To finish their work of destruction, this band of mur derers, composed of men from , , ,  , and Corrill Counties; led by some of the prin cipal men of that section of the upper country, proceed ed to rob the houses, wagons and tents, of bedding and  clothing; drove off horses and wagons, leaving widows  and orphans distitute of the necessaries of life; and even  stripped the clothing, from the bodies of the slain!
According to their own account, they fired seven  rounds in this awful massacre, making upwards of fifteen  hundred shots at a little company of men of about thirty  in number!
I certify the above, to be a true statement of facts re lative to the above mentioned massacre according to my  best recollection.
(Signed) .
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A short time previous to the massacre at ,  we made peace with the mob characters living near us,  as declaration had been made by the leaders of the band,  that all persons who would not take up arms against the  society, should, with the Mormons, be driven out of the  ; and thus drawing the division line so close that we  thought it necessary to ascertain the feelings of our neigh bors around us. We met them and an agreement was  entered into between us, that we would live in peace,  let others do as they would. A large number of our [p. 56]
Lewis, Alexander Campbell, , Sardius Smith, George Richards, Mr. William Napier, Mr. Harmer [Austin Hammer], Mr. Simon Cox, , , Wm. Merrick a boy 8 or 9 years old, and three or four more, whose names I do not recollect, as they were strangers to me. Among the wounded who recovered were Isaac Laney [Leany], who had six balls shot through him, two through his body, one through each arm, and the other two through his hips. Nathan K. Knight shot through the body; Mr. William Yokum who was severely wounded, besides being shot through the head, , —— George Myers, , , and several others. Miss Mary Stedwell, while fleeing, was shot through the hand and fainting, fell over a log, into which they shot upwards of twenty balls.
To finish their work of destruction, this band of murderers, composed of men from , , , , and Corrill Counties; led by some of the principal men of that section of the upper country, proceeded to rob the houses, wagons and tents, of bedding and clothing; drove off horses and wagons, leaving widows and orphans distitute of the necessaries of life; and even stripped the clothing, from the bodies of the slain!
According to their own account, they fired seven rounds in this awful massacre, making upwards of fifteen hundred shots at a little company of men of about thirty in number!
I certify the above, to be a true statement of facts relative to the above mentioned massacre according to my best recollection.
(Signed) .
.
A short time previous to the massacre at , we made peace with the mob characters living near us, as declaration had been made by the leaders of the band, that all persons who would not take up arms against the society, should, with the Mormons, be driven out of the ; and thus drawing the division line so close that we thought it necessary to ascertain the feelings of our neighbors around us. We met them and an agreement was entered into between us, that we would live in peace, let others do as they would. A large number of our [p. 56]
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