Sidney Rigdon, Appeal to the American People, 1840

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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 with out 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 town 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 sus tained 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 46 of those taken, were driven  like a parcel of menial slaves, off to , not know ing 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 ap pear 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 , 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 [William] Carey was also tak en prisoner by them, and without any provocation had  his brains dashed out with a gun. He was laid in a wa gon, and there permitted to remain, for the space of 24  hours, during which time no one was permitted to admin ister to him comfort or consolation, and after he was re [p. 78]
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 town 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 46 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 , 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 William 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 to remain, for the space of 24 hours, during which time no one was permitted to administer to him comfort or consolation, and after he was re [p. 78]
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