History, 1838–1856, volume D-1 [1 August 1842–1 July 1843]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​July 1​> and encamped about a mile and a half from the . A messenger was immediately despatched with a white flag from the of the Militia of , requesting an interview with and ; but as the messenger approached the camp, he was shot at by , the Methodist preacher. The name of the messenger was , who is now Brigadier General in the Nauvoo Legion. However, he gained permission to see ; he also requested an interview with . said that had been dismounted by a special order of the a few miles back, and had been sent back to , Clay County. He also stated that the reason was, that he (,) was too merciful unto the Mormons, and would not let him have the command, but had given it to who was from , and whose heart had become hardened by his former acts of rapine and bloodshed, he being one of the leaders in murdering, driving, plundering and burning some two or three hundred houses belonging to the Mormon people in that in the years 1833 and 1834.
requested to spare the people, and not suffer them to be massacred until the next morning, it then being evening. He coolly agreed that he would not, and also said that “he had not as yet received the ’s order, but expected it every hour, and should not make any further move until he had received it; but he would not make any promises so far as regarded ’s army” he having arrived a few minutes previously, and joined the main body of the army; he knowing well at what hour to form a junction with the main body. then returned to the , giving this information.— The immediately despatched a second messenger with a white flag, to request another interview with in order to touch his sympathy and compassion, and if it were possible for him to use his best endeavors to preserve the lives of the people. [HC 3:410] On the return of this messenger, we learned that several persons had been killed by some of the soldiers who were under the command of . [One Mr. Carey had his brains knocked out by the breech of a gun, and he lay bleeding several hours, but his family were not permitted to approach him, nor any one else allowed to administer relief to him whilst he lay upon the ground, in the agonies of death. Mr. Carey had just arrived in the country from the State of , only a few hours previous to the arrival of the army. He had a family, consisting of a wife and several small children. He was buried by , who is now the Senior Warden of the Nauvoo Lodge. Another man, of the name of , was knocked on the head at the same time, and 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, and is now living. There was another man, whose name is Powell, who was beat on the head with the breech of a gun until his skull was fractured and his brains run out in two or three places. He is now alive, and resides in this , but has lost the use of his senses [p. 1608]
July 1 and encamped about a mile and a half from the . A messenger was immediately despatched with a white flag from the of the Militia of , requesting an interview with and ; but as the messenger approached the camp, he was shot at by , the Methodist preacher. The name of the messenger was , who is now Brigadier General in the Nauvoo Legion. However, he gained permission to see ; he also requested an interview with . said that had been dismounted by a special order of the a few miles back, and had been sent back to , Clay County. He also stated that the reason was, that he (,) was too merciful unto the Mormons, and would not let him have the command, but had given it to who was from , and whose heart had become hardened by his former acts of rapine and bloodshed, he being one of the leaders in murdering, driving, plundering and burning some two or three hundred houses belonging to the Mormon people in that in the years 1833 and 1834.
requested to spare the people, and not suffer them to be massacred until the next morning, it then being evening. He coolly agreed that he would not, and also said that “he had not as yet received the ’s order, but expected it every hour, and should not make any further move until he had received it; but he would not make any promises so far as regarded ’s army” he having arrived a few minutes previously, and joined the main body of the army; he knowing well at what hour to form a junction with the main body. then returned to the , giving this information.— The immediately despatched a second messenger with a white flag, to request another interview with in order to touch his sympathy and compassion, and if it were possible for him to use his best endeavors to preserve the lives of the people. [HC 3:410] On the return of this messenger, we learned that several persons had been killed by some of the soldiers who were under the command of . [One Mr. Carey had his brains knocked out by the breech of a gun, and he lay bleeding several hours, but his family were not permitted to approach him, nor any one else allowed to administer relief to him whilst he lay upon the ground, in the agonies of death. Mr. Carey had just arrived in the country from the State of , only a few hours previous to the arrival of the army. He had a family, consisting of a wife and several small children. He was buried by , who is now the Senior Warden of the Nauvoo Lodge. Another man, of the name of , was knocked on the head at the same time, and 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, and is now living. There was another man, whose name is Powell, who was beat on the head with the breech of a gun until his skull was fractured and his brains run out in two or three places. He is now alive, and resides in this , but has lost the use of his senses [p. 1608]
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