Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1845

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that order, but might do what he pleased.” We immediately learned from that “the ’s order that had arrived was only a copy of the original, and that the original order was in the hands of , who was on his way to , with an additional army of six thousand men.” Immediately after this there came into the a messenger from . bringing the intelligence of an awful massacre of the people who were residing in that place, and that a force of 2 or 3 hundred, detached from the main body of the army, under the superior command of Col Ashby, but under the superior command of Captain , who, the day previous had promised them peace and protection but on receiving a copy of the ’s order “to exterminate or expel from the hands of Col. Ashby, he returned upon them the next day and surprized and Massacred the whole population of the and then came on to the Town of and entered in to a conjunction with the main body of the army. The messenger [told?] us that he himself, with a few others had fled, fled into the thickets; which preserved their frie them from the massacre, and on the following morning they returned and collected the dead bodies of the people and cast them into a well; and there were upwards of twenty, who were dead or mortally wounded, and there are several of the wounded now living in this .— One by the name of Yocum, has lately had his leg amputated, in consequence of wounds he then received. He had a ball shot through his head, which entered near his eye and came out at the back part off his head, and another ball passed through one of his arms.
“The army, during all the while they had been encamped in , continued to lay waste fields of corn, making hogs, sheep and Cattle common plunder, and shooting them down for sport. One man shot a cow and took a strip of her skin the width of his hand from her head to her tail, and tied it to a tree [p. 263]
that order, but might do what he pleased.” We immediately learned from that “the ’s order that had arrived was only a copy of the original, and that the original order was in the hands of , who was on his way to , with an additional army of six thousand men.” Immediately after this there came into the a messenger from . bringing the intelligence of an awful massacre of the people who were residing in that place, and that a force of 2 or 3 hundred, detached from the main body of the army, under the superior command of Col Ashby, but under the superior command of Captain , who, the day previous had promised them peace and protection but on receiving a copy of the ’s order “to exterminate or expel from the hands of Col. Ashby, he returned upon them the next day and surprized and Massacred the whole population of the and then came on to the Town of and entered in to a conjunction with the main body of the army. The messenger told us that he himself, with a few others had fled, fled into the thickets; which preserved them from the massacre, and on the following morning they returned and collected the dead bodies of the people and cast them into a well; and there were upwards of twenty, who were dead or mortally wounded, and there are several of the wounded now living in this .— One by the name of Yocum, has lately had his leg amputated, in consequence of wounds he then received. He had a ball shot through his head, which entered near his eye and came out at the back part of his head, and another ball passed through one of his arms.
“The army, during all the while they had been encamped in , continued to lay waste fields of corn, making hogs, sheep and Cattle common plunder, and shooting them down for sport. One man shot a cow and took a strip of her skin the width of his hand from her head to her tail, and tied it to a tree [p. 263]
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