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

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<​July 1​> of the bayonet. We were hurried back to the wagons and ordered into them all in about the same space of time. In the mean while our , and , and sisters had forced their way to the wagons to get permission to see us; but were forbidden to speak to us; and they immediately drove off for . We travelled about twelve miles that evening, and were encamped for the night. The same strong guard was kept around us, and were relieved every two hours, and we were permitted to sleep on the ground, the nights were then cold, with considerable snow on the ground, and for the want of covering and clothing, we suffered extremely with the cold. That night was a commencement of a fit of sickness from which I have not wholly recovered unto this day, in consequence of my exposure to the inclemency of the weather. Our provision was fresh beef roasted in the fire on a stick; the army having no bread in consequence of the want of mills to grind the grain. In the morning at the dawn of day, we were forced on our journey, and were exhibited to the inhabitants along the road; the same as they exhibit a caravan of elephants or camels. We were examined from head to foot, by men women and children, only I believe they did not make us open our mouths to look at our teeth. This treatment was continued incessantly, until we arrived at , in Jackson County. After our arrival at , we were driven all through the town for inspection, and then we were ordered into an old log house, and there kept under guard as usual, until supper, which was served [HC 3:415] up to us as we sat upon the floor, or on billets of wood, and we were compelled to stay in that house all that night and the next day. They continued to exhibit us to the public, by letting the people come in and examine us, and then go away and give place for others, alternatively all that day and the next night; but on the morning of the following day we were all permitted to go to the tavern to eat and to sleep; but afterward they made us pay our own expenses, for board, lodging, and attendance, and for which they made a most exorbitant charge. We remained in the tavern <​about two ​> days and two nights, when an officer arrived with authority from , to take us back to , Ray County, where the general had arrived with his army to await our arrival: but on the morning of our start for , we were informed by that it was expected by the soldiers that we would be hung up by the necks on the road, while on the march to that place, and that it was prevented by a demand made for us by , who had the command in consequence of Seniority, and that it was his prerogative to execute us himself; and he should give us up into the hands of the officer, who would take us to , and he might do with us as he pleased. During our stay at , the officers informed us that there were eight or ten horses in that place belonging to the Mormon people, which had been stolen by the soldiers, and that we might have two of them to ride upon, if we could cause them to be sent back to the owners after our arrival at . We accepted of them, and they were rode to , and the owners came there and got them. We started in the morning under our new officer, , of Keytsville, , with several other men to guard us. We arrived there on Friday evening, the 9th day of November [p. 1612]
July 1 of the bayonet. We were hurried back to the wagons and ordered into them all in about the same space of time. In the mean while our , and , and sisters had forced their way to the wagons to get permission to see us; but were forbidden to speak to us; and they immediately drove off for . We travelled about twelve miles that evening, and were encamped for the night. The same strong guard was kept around us, and were relieved every two hours, and we were permitted to sleep on the ground, the nights were then cold, with considerable snow on the ground, and for the want of covering and clothing, we suffered extremely with the cold. That night was a commencement of a fit of sickness from which I have not wholly recovered unto this day, in consequence of my exposure to the inclemency of the weather. Our provision was fresh beef roasted in the fire on a stick; the army having no bread in consequence of the want of mills to grind the grain. In the morning at the dawn of day, we were forced on our journey, and were exhibited to the inhabitants along the road; the same as they exhibit a caravan of elephants or camels. We were examined from head to foot, by men women and children, only I believe they did not make us open our mouths to look at our teeth. This treatment was continued incessantly, until we arrived at , in Jackson County. After our arrival at , we were driven all through the town for inspection, and then we were ordered into an old log house, and there kept under guard as usual, until supper, which was served [HC 3:415] up to us as we sat upon the floor, or on billets of wood, and we were compelled to stay in that house all that night and the next day. They continued to exhibit us to the public, by letting the people come in and examine us, and then go away and give place for others, alternatively all that day and the next night; but on the morning of the following day we were all permitted to go to the tavern to eat and to sleep; but afterward they made us pay our own expenses, for board, lodging, and attendance, and for which they made a most exorbitant charge. We remained in the tavern about two days and two nights, when an officer arrived with authority from , to take us back to , Ray County, where the general had arrived with his army to await our arrival: but on the morning of our start for , we were informed by that it was expected by the soldiers that we would be hung up by the necks on the road, while on the march to that place, and that it was prevented by a demand made for us by , who had the command in consequence of Seniority, and that it was his prerogative to execute us himself; and he should give us up into the hands of the officer, who would take us to , and he might do with us as he pleased. During our stay at , the officers informed us that there were eight or ten horses in that place belonging to the Mormon people, which had been stolen by the soldiers, and that we might have two of them to ride upon, if we could cause them to be sent back to the owners after our arrival at . We accepted of them, and they were rode to , and the owners came there and got them. We started in the morning under our new officer, , of Keytsville, , with several other men to guard us. We arrived there on Friday evening, the 9th day of November [p. 1612]
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