<October 25 s mob, battle of > both thighs, one in the arm, all by musket shot. One
had his arm broke by a sword— Brother was shot in the head
and left dead on the ground, so defaced the brethren did not know
him— reported that he lost one man— The
three prisoners were released and returned with the Brethren to
— was carried
some of the way in a litter but it caused so much
distress he begged to be left and was carried into Brother Winchester’s three miles from the
city where he died that night. died soon after,
and ’s body was also brought
when it was discovered who he was.
< says he was not with Joseph. C. C. Rich says it was who was with Joseph> I went with and to meet the brethren on
their return near Log Creek, where I saw in a most distressed
condition. His wound was incurable. Brother
was a very worthy man, beloved by all good men who knew him. He was
one of the Twelve Apostles, and died as he lived, a man of God; and
strong in the faith of a glorious Resurrection, in a world where
mobs will have no power or place— one of his last expressions to
his Wife was “Whatever you do else O! do not defy <deny> the faith”— How different his fate
from that of the Apostate , who
this day vented all the lying spleen and malice of his heart
towards the work of God in a letter to Brother and Sister Abbott. To which was annexed an addenda by —
The following letter will shew the State of public
feeling in the Country
“Lexington 6 o’clock
p.m. Octr. 25.
1838. To Messrs.
and Wiley C. Williams—
“Gentlemen:— This letter is sent on after you on express, by Mr.
Bryant of , since you
left this morning. Mr.
C. R. Morehead came here on express for men
to assist in repelling a threatened attack upon to night. He brought news that the Mormon
armed force had attacked this morning at
daylight, and had cut off his whole company of fifty men. Since Mr.
Morehead left , one of the Company (’s) had come in and reported that there were ten
of his comrades killed, and the remainder were taken Prisoners, after
many of them had been severely wounded; he stated further, that
would be sacked and burned by the Mormon
banditti to night. Nothing can exceed the consternation which this
news gives rise to. The women and children are flying from in every direction. A number of them have
repaired to Lexington, amongst whom is Mrs. Rees; we will have sent from this
County since 1 o clock this evening, about one hundred well armed
and daring men, perhaps the most effective our Country can boast of.
They will certainly give them (the Mormons) a warm reception at
to night. You will see the necessity of
hurrying on to the City of Jefferson, and also of imparting correct information to
the public as you go along. My impression is, that you had better
send one of your number to Howard,
Cooper and Boone Counties, in order that volunteers may be getting
ready, and flocking to the scene of trouble as fast as possible. They
must make haste and put a stop to the devastation which is menaced
by these infuriated fanatics, and they must go prepared and with
the full determination to exterminate or expel them from the State
en masse. Nothing but this can give
tranquility to the public mind, and re-establish the supremacy of
the laws. There must be no further delaying with this question any
where. The Mormons must leave the State, or we will— one and all.
And to this complexion it must come at last. We have great
reliance upon your ability, discretion and fitness for the task
you have undertaken, and we have only time to say, God speed you.
Yours truly E. M. Ryland”
The brethren had not thought of going to , it was a lie out of whole cloth—
26 October 1838 • Friday
<26> Friday 26.
Quarters of the Militia, City of Jefferson, Octr. 26. 1838— Gen.
1st. Div. Mo. Mi. Sir:— Application
has been made to the Commander in Chief by the [p. 840]