John Fletcher Darby Papers, Missouri History Museum Archives, St. Louis.

John Corrill, “Brief History,” Manuscript, circa 1838–1839

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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prisoners <​to ​> where had been previously ordered to return the prisoners and arms he had taken to . In they guarded the prisioners seven of whom (the leaders) they put in irons and held a court of enquiry before over them after which they retained thirty six for trial and let the rest between twenty and thirty go free. Those retained for trial were charged with various crimes, murder Treason, Murder, Arson Burglary, Robbery and Larceny. <​before leaving ​> sent to with a sufficient <​force​> and he so regulated matters there as to have all the Mormons leave except a very few who was to see to the property &c. The Mormons from mostly went to . The prisioners charged with with Treason and murder were confined in jail <​in and ​> and the rest let to bail. During this campaign many reports were circulated concerning the misconduct of the soldiers but how far they were true I am not able to say, but I thought at the time that the officers tried to keep good order among the troops and that whatever troops abuse was practiced on the Mormons ought to have been charged on the individuals that did it and not upon the officers or community at large. It was said that women were insulted and even ravished, but the I doubt the truth of the latter. Some were insutld [insulted] yet as as soon as the officers were informed they set guards to prevent further insult. Two men that were taken prisoners were struct on the head, one was badly hurt and the other [p. 80]
prisoners to where had been previously ordered to return the prisoners and arms he had taken to . In they guarded the prisioners seven of whom (the leaders) they put in irons and held a court of enquiry before over them after which they retained thirty six for trial and let the rest between twenty and thirty go free. Those retained for trial were charged with various crimes, Treason, Murder, Arson Burglary, Robbery and Larceny. before leaving sent to with a sufficient force and he so regulated matters there as to have all the Mormons leave except a very few who was to see to the property &c. The Mormons from mostly went to . The prisioners charged with with Treason and murder were confined in jail in and and the rest let to bail. During this campaign many reports were circulated concerning the misconduct of the soldiers but how far they were true I am not able to say, but I thought at the time that the officers tried to keep good order among the troops and that whatever abuse was practiced on the Mormons ought to have been charged on the individuals that did it and not upon the officers or community at large. It was said that women were insulted and even ravished, but I doubt the truth of the latter. Some were insutld [insulted] yet as as soon as the officers were informed they set guards to prevent further insult. Two men that were taken prisoners were struct on the head, one was badly hurt and the other [p. 80]
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