Missouri State Archives: Finding Aid 5.1

Mormon War Papers, 1837-1841

[ Full-text transcription of: Letter from General David R. Atchison from Headquarters, 3rd Division of Missouri Militia in Richmond, MO to Governoe=r Boggs, Jefferson City, MO. ]
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Grand River at a place called Adam on

Diahmon – The numbers are supposed to be a:

:bout two hundred & fifty men. Citizens of Daviess

County, and from fifty to one hundred men,

Citizens of Caldwell County – Both parties have been

scouting through the Country, & occasionally

taking prisoners, & threatening & insulting each

other, but as yet no blood has been shed –

            I have ordered all armed men from

adjoining Counties to repair to their homes – The

Livingston County men, & others, to the amount of

one hundred men, have returned, & there remains

now about one hundred & fifty, who will, I am

in hopes, return in a few days –

                                    I have been informed by

the Mormons that all of those who have been

charged with a violation of the laws, will be in

today for trial – when that is done, the troops un:

:der any command, will be no longer required

in this County, if the [“troops” crossed out] citizens of other Counties will return

to their respective homes.  I have proposed to

leave two companies of fifty men each in this

County, and discharge the remainder of the troops –

said two companies will remain for the pres:

:servation of order, until peace & confidence are


            I also enclose to your Excellency the

report of Genl: Doniphan, & refer you

for particulars to Maj: Rogers .

                        I have the honor to be yr. obdt: servt:

                                    D. R. Atchison

                            maj: Gen’l: 3 D. M. M.

D. R. Atchison



Sept 17 1838