Sidney Rigdon, Testimony, 1 July 1843 [Extradition of JS for Treason]

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to defend. This organization was in existence when the mobs commenced their most violent attempts upon the citizens of the before mentioned counties, and from this association arose all the horror afterwards <​expressed​> by the mob at some secret clan known as .
The efforts made to get the authorities to interfere at this time was attended with some success. The militia were ordered out under the command of of , Brigadier generals of and of , who marched their troops to , where they found a large mob, and said in my presence he took the following singular method to disperse them— He organized them with his troops as part of the militia called out to suppress and arest the mob, after having thus organized <​them​> they discharged them and all the rest of the troops as having no farther need for their services and all returned home. This however seemed only to give the mob more courage to increase their exertions with redoubled vigor. They boasted, after that, that the authorities would not punish them, and they would do as they pleased. In a very short time their efforts were renewed with a determination not to cease untill they had driven the citizens of and such of the citizens of as they had marked out as victims out of <​from​> the . A man by the name of who resided in , and former<​ly​> sheriff of said organized a band who were painted themselves <​like indians​> and had a place of rendezvous at <​Hunter’s​> mills on a stream, called Grindstone. I think it was in Clinton county, the county west of and between it and the west line of the . From this place they would sally out and commit their depredations. Efforts were again made to get the authorities to put a stop to their renewed attacks outrages, and again , and were called out with such portions of their respective Brigades as they might deem necessary to suppress the mob or rather mobs for by this time there were a number of them. came to , and while there recommendid to the authorities of to have the militia of said called out as a necessary measure of defence. assuring us that said had [p. [7]]
to defend. This organization was in existence when the mobs commenced their most violent attempts upon the citizens of the before mentioned counties, and from this association arose all the horror afterwards expressed by the mob at some secret clan known as .
The efforts made to get the authorities to interfere at this time was attended with some success. The militia were ordered out under the command of of , Brigadier generals of and of , who marched their troops to , where they found a large mob, and said in my presence he took the following singular method to disperse them— He organized them with his troops as part of the militia called out to suppress and arest the mob, after having thus organized them discharged them and all the rest of the troops as having no farther need for their services and all returned home. This however seemed only to give the mob more courage to increase their exertions with redoubled vigor. They boasted, after that, that the authorities would not punish them, and they would do as they pleased. In a very short time their efforts were renewed with a determination not to cease untill they had driven the citizens of and such of the citizens of as they had marked out as victims from the . A man by the name of who resided in , and formerly sheriff of said organized a band who painted themselves like indians and had a place of rendezvous at Hunter’s mills on a stream, called Grindstone. I think it was in Clinton county, the county west of and between it and the west line of the . From this place they would sally out and commit their depredations. Efforts were again made to get the authorities to put a stop to their renewed outrages, and again , and were called out with such portions of their respective Brigades as they might deem necessary to suppress the mob or rather mobs for by this time there were a number of them. came to , and while there recommendid to the authorities of to have the militia of said called out as a necessary measure of defence. assuring us that said had [p. [7]]
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