Missouri State Archives: Finding Aid 5.1

Mormon War Papers, 1837-1841

[ Full-text transcription of: Letter from General H. G. Parks, Headquarters, 2nd Brigade, of the 3rd Division of Missouri Militia at Millport, MO to General David R. Atchison, of the 3rd Division of the Missouri Militia ]
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H. G. Parks


Genl Atchison

Sept 25. 1838

Head Quarters, 2nd. Brigade 3rd. Division

Millport. Sept: 25th 1838

Major Genl Atchison-

Dear Sir, I received this

morning a dispatch from the Governor,

directed to you, which I took the liberty to open

& advise you thereof. You will see by the letter

of the Commander in Chief that he is bringing

into the field a large body of troops as I un:

:derstand, under the command of 4 major


I have thought it my duty to advise the

Commander in Chief, that I deemed the forces

now under my command amply sufficient

to preserve tranquillity & enforce the laws

since my last to you by Mr. Stone, I have

been at this place employed in fulfilling

the orders left by you. I am happy to be

able to state to you that the deep exctement

existing between the parties, has in a great

degree ceased, and so far I have had no oc:

:casion to resort to force in assisting the

constables. On tomorrow a committee from

Daviess County meets a committee of

the Mormons at Adam=ondi-Ahmon, to pro:

:pose to them to buy or sell, and I expect to be

there. On Saturday the 29th. inst. there are

15 or 20 of the Mormons cited to treat at

Gallatin , where Lyman Wight has pledged

himself to me they will attend. The officers

and men here are all in good health at

present, & have been actively employed in

the above duties. I have this moment heard

a threat thrown out by the men of this County

that should the above measures fail, their

intention is to drive the M. with powder and

lead from this County how far such a

measure will be executed, I know not, but

I will exercise my utmost vigilance in this

affair, 2 advise you thereof, from time to time &

I remain your obdt. servt:

H. G. Parks Brig: Genl.