John Fletcher Darby Papers, Missouri History Museum Archives, St. Louis.

John Corrill, “Brief History,” Manuscript, circa 1838–1839

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not finding the company there they proceeded to another place, and had not proceeded far till they met with a sentinal who hailed them and after a word or two shot one of them down and then ran to his company. But they followed him up in a hurry, and after a fire or two charged on the company and soon dispersed them. and supposed they had killed several. They then gathered up a part of the plunder and about thirty horses and returned leaving one of their men dead on the ground, though they did not miss him till they had got home. Three or four others were badly wounded and one other died soon. One of the opposite party was killed and others wounded. This battle produced great excitement among the people and the Mormons found in a day or two that it was militia instead of mob that they had assailed. had collected a company and got permission to guard Buncum, and was there encamped for that purpose when when they fell on him. The excitement increased rapidly, and in a day or two the whole country was seemingly was in arms. At this I was greatly alarmed, for I expected the people would turn in mass against without order or regulation and massacre and destroy without mercy, and that nothing could stop them. I tried to contrive some plan to get away with my family but I could not effect it. , and some others [p. 71]
not finding the company there they proceeded to another place, and had not proceeded far till they met with a sentinal who hailed them and after a word or two shot one of them down and then ran to his company. But they followed him up in a hurry, and after a fire or two charged on the company and soon dispersed them. and supposed they had killed several. They then gathered up a part of the plunder and about thirty horses and returned leaving one of their men dead on the ground, though they did not miss him till they had got home. Three or four others were badly wounded and one other died soon. One of the opposite party was killed and others wounded. This battle produced great excitement among the people and the Mormons found in a day or two that it was militia instead of mob that they had assailed. had collected a company and got permission to guard Buncum, and was there encamped for that purpose when they fell on him. The excitement increased rapidly, and in a day or two the whole country seemingly was in arms. At this I was greatly alarmed, for I expected the people would turn in mass against without order or regulation and massacre and destroy without mercy, and that nothing could stop them. I tried to contrive some plan to get away with my family but I could not effect it. , and some others [p. 71]
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