Parley P. Pratt, Testimony, 1 July 1843 [Extradition of JS for Treason]

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them men & horses & in many cases cattle, & hogs, & sheeps, were shot down & only a small portion of them used the rest left to waste. Of these crimes of which the soldiers boasted the general officers freely conversed & corroborated the same. And even who professed to be opposed to such proceedings acknowledged the truth of them; and gave us several particulars in detail. I believe the <​name of the​> man whose brains they knocked out was Carey & another individual <​who​> had his Chest broken open and several hundred dollars in species taken out was the same whose house the Mob burned at .
After the Mormons were all disarmed compelled them <​gave them a compulsory order for men women & children​> to leave the forthwith without any exceptions— counting it a mercy to spare their lives on these conditions— whilst these things were proceeding, instead of releasing us from confinement & were forcibly added to our number as prisoners — and under a large military escort commanded by , before mentioned, <​we​> were all marched to a distance of between 50 & 60 miles leaving our families & our friends at their mercy in a destitute condition to prepare for a journey of more than 200 miles at the approach of winter without our protection, and every moment exposed to robbery, ravishment & other insult their property robbed & their houses <​& Lands​> already wrested from them— We were exhibited like a caravan of wild animals on the way & in the streets of & were also kept prisoners for a show for several days. In the mean time a had been sent by the to the <​with an additional​> force of 6000 men, from the lower country, to join in his operations against the Mormons. and He soon arrived before [p. 5]
the men & horses & in many cases cattle, hogs, & sheep, were shot down & only a small portion of them used the rest left to waste. Of these crimes of which the soldiers boasted the general officers freely conversed & corroborated the same. And even who professed to be opposed to such proceedings acknowledged the truth of them; and gave us several particulars in detail. I believe the name of the man whose brains they knocked out was Carey & another individual who had his Chest broken open and several hundred dollars in specie taken out was the same whose house the Mob burned at .
After the Mormons were all disarmed gave them a compulsory order for men women & children to leave the forthwith without any exceptions— counting it a mercy to spare their lives on these conditions— whilst these things were proceeding, instead of releasing us from confinement & were forcibly added to our number as prisoners — and under a large military escort commanded by , before mentioned, we were all marched to a distance of between 50 & 60 miles leaving our families & our friends at their mercy in a destitute condition to prepare for a journey of more than 200 miles at the approach of winter without our protection, and every moment exposed to robbery, ravishment & other insult their property robbed & their houses & Lands already wrested from them— We were exhibited like a caravan of wild animals on the way & in the streets of & were also kept prisoners for a show for several days. In the mean time a had been sent by with an additional force of 6000 men, from the lower country, to join in his operations against the Mormons. He soon arrived before [p. 5]
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