Sidney Rigdon, JS, et al., Petition Draft (“To the Publick”), circa 1838–1839

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were lying in ambush waiting for the first opper tunity to despatch the remaining few who were  providentially preserved from the slaughter  the preceeding 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 bellowses in the shop  where he remained till the massacre was  over. when he was discovered by a Mr [Ira] Glaze of  Carroll county. who presented his rifle near  the boys head and litterly blowed <off> the upper  part of it. Mr. Stanley of Carroll, told me afterward  that Glaze boasted of this deed all over the country  The number killed and mortally wonded in  this wanton slaughter was eighteen or nineteen  whose names <as> far as I recollect were as follows  , Levi Merrick, Elias Benner,  Josiah Fuller, Benjamin Lewis, Alexander  Campbell, , Sardius Smith,  George Richards, Mr. [William] Napier, Mr. Harmer [Austin Hammer],  Mr [Simon] Cox, , , William 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 two one through each arm and the  other two through his hips, Nathan K. Knight,  shot through the body, Mr [William] Yokum, who was severe ly wounded besides being shot through the head.
, —— [George] Myers, , ,  and several others. Miss Mary Stedwell while fleeing  was shot through her hand and fainting fell over a log  into which they shot upwards of twenty balls
To finish their work of destruction this band of murder ers composed of men from , , , [p. 39[a]]
were lying in ambush waiting for the first oppertunity to despatch the remaining few who were providentially preserved from the slaughter the preceeding 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 bellowses in the shop where he remained till the massacre was over. when he was discovered by a Mr Ira Glaze of Carroll county. who presented his rifle near the boys head and litterly blowed off the upper part of it. Mr. Stanley of Carroll, told me afterward that Glaze boasted of this deed all over the country The number killed and mortally wonded in this wanton slaughter was eighteen or nineteen whose names as far as I recollect were as follows , Levi Merrick, Elias Benner, Josiah Fuller, Benjamin Lewis, Alexander Campbell, , Sardius Smith, George Richards, Mr. William Napier, Mr. Harmer [Austin Hammer], Mr Simon Cox, , , William 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 her 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 , , , [p. 39[a]]
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