Sidney Rigdon, Appeal to the American People, 1840

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the other, but dwell in peace. Shortly after this agree ment was made, a mob from two to three hundred, many of  whom are supposed to be from , some from   and also those who had agreed to dwell in peace,  came upon our people there, whose number in men was  about forty, at a time they little expected any such thing,  and without any ceremony, notwithstanding they begged  for quarters, shot them down as they would tigers or pan thers. Some few made their escape by fleeing. Eigh teen were killed, and a number more, severely wounded.
This tragedy was conducted in the most brutal and sav age manner. An old man, after the massacre was par tially over, threw himself into their hands and begged  for quarters, when he was instantly shot down; that not  killing him, they took an old corn cutter and literallly  mangled him to pieces. A lad of ten years of age, after  being shot down, also begged to be spared, when one of  them placed the muzzle of his gun to his head and blew  out his brains. The slaughter of these people not satis fying 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 be yond 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 present ed 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 town  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 stor my. Much property was destroyed by the troops in town  during their stay there: such as burning house-logs, rails, [p. 77]
the other, but dwell in peace. Shortly after this agreement was made, a mob from two to three hundred, many of whom are supposed to be from , some from and also those who had agreed to dwell in peace, came upon our people there, whose number in men was about forty, at a time they little expected any such thing, and without any ceremony, notwithstanding they begged for quarters, shot them down as they would tigers or panthers. Some few made their escape by fleeing. Eighteen were killed, and a number more, severely wounded.
This tragedy was conducted in the most brutal and savage manner. An old man, after the massacre was partially over, threw himself into their hands and begged for quarters, when he was instantly shot down; that not killing him, they took an old corn cutter and literallly mangled him to pieces. A lad of ten years of age, after being shot down, also begged to be spared, when one of them placed the muzzle of his gun 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 town 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, [p. 77]
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