Hyrum Smith, Testimony, 1 July 1843 [Extradition of JS for Treason]

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<​who is now​> the senior Warden of the Nauvoo Lodge. Another man of the name of John Tanner was knocked in the head at the same time & his skull laid bare the width of <​a man’s​> your hand and he lay to all appearance in the agonies of death for several hours, but by the permission of <​his friends​> brought him out of the camp and with good nursing he slowly recovered & his now living. There was another man whose name I do not now recollect <​is Powell​> who was beat in the head with the Butt of a gun until his <​skull was fractured & his​> brains run out in two or three places, he is now alive & lives in this ; but <​he​> has lost the use of his senses. Several <​persons​> of his family were also left for dead but have since recovered. These acts of barbarity was <​were also​> committed by the soldiers under the command of previous to having received the ’s order of extermination. It was on the evening of the 30th. of October, according to the best of my recollection, that the army arrived at , the sun about half an hour high, in a few moments afterwards arrived with his army and formed a junction: this had been stationed at Hunter’s Mills for about 2 months previous to that time committing depredations upon the inhabitants carrying off <​capturing​> men women & children & carrying them off as prisoners, lacerating their bodies with hickory withes. The army of were painted like indians now & then <​some​> more conspicuous than others was <​were​> designated by red spots, and he also was painted in a similar manner with red spots marked upon his cheeks <​face​> and <​he styled​> called himself the “Delaware Chief.” They would whoop & hollow <​holla​> and yell as nearly like indians as they could & continued to do so all that night. In the morning early the of militia sent a messenger into the Camp with a white flag to have another interview with on his return he informed us that the s order had arrived. said that “the order of the was, to exterminate the Mormons by God but he would be damned if he obeyed that order. but might do what he pleased”. We [p. 10]
who is now the senior Warden of the Nauvoo Lodge. Another man of the name of John Tanner was knocked in the head at the same time & his skull laid bare the width of a man’s hand and he lay to all appearance in the agonies of death for several hours, but by the permission of his friends brought him out of the camp and with good nursing he slowly recovered & is now living. There was another man whose name is Powell who was beat in the head with the Butt of a gun until his skull was fractured & his brains run out in two or three places, he is now alive & lives in this ; but he has lost the use of his senses. Several persons of his family were also left for dead but have since recovered. These acts of barbarity were also committed by the soldiers under the command of previous to having received the ’s order of extermination. It was on the evening of the 30th. of October, according to the best of my recollection, that the army arrived at , the sun about half an hour high, in a few moments afterwards arrived with his army and formed a junction: this had been stationed at Hunter’s Mills for about 2 months previous to that time committing depredations upon the inhabitants capturing men women & children & carrying them off as prisoners, lacerating their bodies with hickory withes. The army of were painted like indians now & then some more conspicuous than others were designated by red spots, and he also was painted in a similar manner with red spots marked upon his face and he styled called himself the “Delaware Chief.” They would whoop & holla and yell as near like indians as they could & continued to do so all that night. In the morning early the of militia sent a messenger into the Camp with a white flag to have another interview with on his return he informed us that the s order had arrived. said that “the order of the was, to exterminate the Mormons by God but he would be damned if he obeyed that order. but might do what he pleased”. We [p. 10]
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