History, 1838–1856, volume E-1 [1 July 1843–30 April 1844]

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<​July 1​> authority whatever.
In obedience to these recommendations the Militia of was called out; affidavit having been made to one of the judges of the County, setting forth the danger which it was believed the citizens were in, from a large marauding party assembled under the command of one , on a stream called Grindstone. When affidavit was made to this effect, the judge issued his order to the sheriff of the county, and the sheriff to the commanding officer, who was Colonel , and thus were the militia of the county of put under military orders.
however, instead of going into , soon after he left returned [illegible] to with all his troops <​giving as his reason the mutinous character of his troops​> whom he believed would join the mob; instead of acting against them, and that he had not power to restrain them.
In a day or two afterwards, of , also came to , and said that he had sent on a number of troops to to act in concert with . He also made the same complaint concerning his troops, that had, doubting greatly whether they would render any service to those in [HC 3:456] who were threatened with violence by the mobs assembling; but on hearing that instead of going to had returned to , followed his example and ordered his troops back to , and thus were the citizens of and those of , who were marked out as victims by the mob, left to defend themselves the best way they could.
What I have here stated in relation to Generals and , were conversations had between and them, about which I cannot be mistaken, unless my memory has betrayed me.
The Militia of the County of were now all under requistion, armed and equipped according to law. The mob after all the authorities of the had been recalled, except the force of , commenced the work of destruction in earnest; shewing a determination to accomplish their object. , where I resided, which was the shire town of , was placed under the charge of a captain by the name of , who made my house his head quarters; other portions of the troops were distributed in different places in the county, wherever danger was apprehended. In consequence of making my house his head quarters, I was put in possession of all that was going on, as all intelligence in relation to the operations of the mob was communicated to him. Intelligence was received daily of depredations being committed not only against the property of the citizens, but their persons; many of whom when attending to their business would be surprized, and taken by marauding parties, tied up and whipped in a most desperate manner. Such outrages were common during the progress of these extraordinary scenes, and all kinds of depredations were committed. Men driving their teams to and from mills where they got grinding done, would be surprised and taken, their persons abused, and their teams, wagons, and loading all taken as booty by the plunderers. Fields were thrown open and all within exposed to the destruction of such animals as chose to enter. Cattle, horses, hogs and sheep were driven off, and a general system of plunder and destruction of all kinds of property, carried on to the great annoyance of the citizens of , and that portion of the citizens of marked as victims by the mob. One afternoon a messenger arrived at calling for help, saying that a banditti had crossed the south line of , and were [p. 1644]
July 1 authority whatever.
In obedience to these recommendations the Militia of was called out; affidavit having been made to one of the judges of the County, setting forth the danger which it was believed the citizens were in, from a large marauding party assembled under the command of one , on a stream called Grindstone. When affidavit was made to this effect, the judge issued his order to the sheriff of the county, and the sheriff to the commanding officer, who was Colonel , and thus were the militia of the county of put under military orders.
however, instead of going into , soon after he left returned to with all his troops giving as his reason the mutinous character of his troops whom he believed would join the mob; instead of acting against them, and that he had not power to restrain them.
In a day or two afterwards, of , also came to , and said that he had sent on a number of troops to to act in concert with . He also made the same complaint concerning his troops, that had, doubting greatly whether they would render any service to those in [HC 3:456] who were threatened with violence by the mobs assembling; but on hearing that instead of going to had returned to , followed his example and ordered his troops back to , and thus were the citizens of and those of , who were marked out as victims by the mob, left to defend themselves the best way they could.
What I have here stated in relation to Generals and , were conversations had between and them, about which I cannot be mistaken, unless my memory has betrayed me.
The Militia of the County of were now all under requistion, armed and equipped according to law. The mob after all the authorities of the had been recalled, except the force of , commenced the work of destruction in earnest; shewing a determination to accomplish their object. , where I resided, which was the shire town of , was placed under the charge of a captain by the name of , who made my house his head quarters; other portions of the troops were distributed in different places in the county, wherever danger was apprehended. In consequence of making my house his head quarters, I was put in possession of all that was going on, as all intelligence in relation to the operations of the mob was communicated to him. Intelligence was received daily of depredations being committed not only against the property of the citizens, but their persons; many of whom when attending to their business would be surprized, and taken by marauding parties, tied up and whipped in a most desperate manner. Such outrages were common during the progress of these extraordinary scenes, and all kinds of depredations were committed. Men driving their teams to and from mills where they got grinding done, would be surprised and taken, their persons abused, and their teams, wagons, and loading all taken as booty by the plunderers. Fields were thrown open and all within exposed to the destruction of such animals as chose to enter. Cattle, horses, hogs and sheep were driven off, and a general system of plunder and destruction of all kinds of property, carried on to the great annoyance of the citizens of , and that portion of the citizens of marked as victims by the mob. One afternoon a messenger arrived at calling for help, saying that a banditti had crossed the south line of , and were [p. 1644]
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