Parley P. Pratt, Testimony, 1 July 1843 [Extradition of JS for Treason]
, Testimony, , Hancock Co., IL, 1 July 1843, Extradition of JS for Treason (Nauvoo, IL, Municipal Court 1843). Copied [between 3 and 6 July 1843]; handwriting of ; signature of by ; docket by , [, Hancock Co., IL, 6] July 1843; notation by , ca.  July 1843; twelve pages; Nauvoo, IL, Records, CHL.
who immediately surrounded us, and set up the most hideous yells that could not <might> have been excelled <supposed> had they <to have> proceeded from the mouths of demons— and marched us as prisoners to their lines— There we <were> detained for two days & nights & had to sleep on the ground in the cold month of November in the midst of rain & mud— were continually surrounded with a strong guard whose mouths were filled with cursing & bitterness blackguardism & blasphemy who offered us every abuse & insult in their power both night & day, and many individuals of the army cocked their rifles and taking deliberate aim at our heads swore they would shoot us, while under these circumstances our ears were continually shocked with the relation of the horrid deeds they had committed & of which they boasted of. They related the circumstances in detail of having the previous day disarmed a certain man in his own house & took him prisoner & afterwards beat out his brains with his own gun in presence of their officers they told of other individuals laying here & there in the brush whom they had shot down without resistance & who were laying unburied for the hogs to feed upon. they also named one or two individual females of our society whom they had forcibly bound & twenty or thirty of them one after another committed rape upon. One of these females was a daughter of a respectable family with whom I had been long acquainted and with whom I have since conversed & learnt that it was truly the case, delicacy at present forbids my mentioning the names— I also <heard> several of them soldiers acknowledge & of boast of having stolen money in one place, clothing & bedding in another & horses in another, whilst corn, pork & beef were taken by the whole army to support [p. 4]