s mob, battle of > both thighs, one in
the arm, all by musket shot. One had his arm broke by a sword— Brother was shot in the head and left dead on the ground, so defaced the
brethren did not know him— reported
that he lost one man— The three prisoners were released and returned with the
Brethren to — was carried some of the way in a
litter but it caused so much distress he begged to be left and was carried into
Brother Winchester’s three miles from the city where he died
that night. died soon after, and ’s body was also brought from
when it was discovered who he was.
< says he was not with Joseph. says it was
who was with
I went with
and to meet the brethren on their
return near Log Creek, where I saw
in a most distressed
condition. His wound was incurable. Brother
was a very worthy man,
beloved by all good men who knew him. He was one of the Twelve Apostles,
and died as he lived, a man of God; and strong in the faith of a glorious
Resurrection, in a world where mobs will have no power or place— one of
his last expressions to his Wife was “Whatever you do
else O! do not defy <deny> the faith”— How different his fate from
that of the Apostate
, who this day vented all
the lying spleen and malice of his heart towards the work of God in a
letter to Brother and Sister Abbott.
To which was annexed an addenda by —
letter will shew the State of public feeling in the Country
6 o’clock p.m. Octr. 25.
1838. To Messrs.
and Wiley C. Williams— “Gentlemen:— This letter is sent
on after you on express, by Mr.
Bryant of , since you left this
C. R. Morehead came here on express for men to assist in
repelling a threatened attack upon to night. He brought news that the Mormon armed force had
attacked this morning at daylight, and had cut off his whole
company of fifty men. Since Mr.
Morehead left , one of the Company (’s) had come in and reported that
there were ten of his comrades killed, and the remainder were taken
Prisoners, after many of them had been severely wounded; he stated further,
that would be sacked and burned by the Mormon banditti to night.
Nothing can exceed the consternation which this news gives rise to. The women
and children are flying from in every direction. A number of them have repaired to
Lexington, amongst whom is Mrs. Rees; we will have sent from this
County since 1 o clock this evening, about one hundred well armed and daring
men, perhaps the most effective our Country can boast of. They will certainly
give them (the Mormons) a warm reception at to night. You will see the necessity of hurrying on to the
Jefferson, and also of imparting correct information to the public as
you go along. My impression is, that you had better send one of your number
to Howard, Cooper and Boone Counties, in order that
volunteers may be getting ready, and flocking to the scene of trouble as fast
as possible. They must make haste and put a stop to the devastation which is
menaced by these infuriated fanatics, and they must go prepared and with the
full determination to exterminate or expel them from the State en masse. Nothing but this can give tranquility to the
public mind, and re-establish the supremacy of the laws. There must be no
further delaying with this question any where. The Mormons must leave the
State, or we will— one and all. And to this complexion it must come at last.
We have great reliance upon your ability, discretion and fitness for the task
you have undertaken, and we have only time to say, God speed you. Yours truly
E. M. Ryland”
brethren had not thought of going to
it was a lie out of whole cloth—
26 October 1838 • Friday
Head Quarters of the Militia, City of
26. 1838— Gen.
1st. Div. Mo. Mi. Sir:— Application has been made
to the Commander in Chief by the [p. 840]