Missouri State Archives: Finding Aid 5.1

Mormon War Papers, 1837-1841

[ Full-text transcription of: Letter from General David R. Atchison, 3rd Division of Missouri Militia at Boonville, MO to Governor Boggs, Jefferson City, MO ]
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                                    Boonville. Oct:5th 1838.

            To his Excellency, Commander in Chief m.m.

Sir – I have just received by express, a

communication from Brig: Genl: Parks-

a copy of which I herewith transmit.

It seems sir that the Mormon difficul:

:ties are not brought to a close.  In Carroll

County the Citizens are in arms for the

purpose of driving the Mormons from

that County.  I have authorised Genl: Parks

if he deems it necessary to call for the

troops, raised in the 1st. Brigade, 3rd Div.

under the order from your excellency, or

as many of them as are deemed neces:

:sary.  The following is a copy of Genl:

Parks communication.

                                    Head Quarters 2nd Brig: 3rd Division

                                                Richmond 3rd: Oct: 1838 –

Major Genl: David R. Atchison.

                                                            Dear Sir-  I received this

morning an affidavit from Carroll

County.  The following is a copy –

            “Henry Root, on his oath states, that on the

night of the 1st. of October, there was collected

in the vicinity of De Witt, an armed force con:

:sisting of from thirty and fifty persons, and

on the morning of the 2nd. October, came in

the town of De Witt and fired on the civil inhab:

:itants of that place.  Thirteen of said in:

:dividuals was seen by me in that place,

& believed there is [actually] an insurrection

in that place


                                                            Henry Root.”

Subscribed and sworn to this 3rd. day

of October 1838.

                                                            William B. Morton-

                                                                        J.P.   “,

In consequence of which information and

belief of an attack being made on said place,

I have ordered out the two companies raised

by your order to be held in readiness, under

the command of Capt Bogart & Houston, to

march for De Witt in Carroll County , by

8 o’clock tomorrow morning, armed and

equipped as the law directs; with six days

provision, and 50 rounds of powder and

ball.  I will proceed with these troops in

person, leaving Col : Thompson in command

on Grand River .  As soon as I reach De Witt

I will advise you of the state of affairs

more fully.  I will use all due precaution

in the affair, & deeply regret the necessity

of this recourse.

                                    H. G. Parks Brig. Genl:

            (over)                           2nd. Brig: 3rd. Div:

P.S.  I will thank you to write me

by Mr. Warder and give me any advice

you may deem necessary in this affair

                                                Your &c.

                                                H. G. Parks

In the County of Daviess every thing

is quiet at this time, & it is supposed

will remain so – I have ordered Genl

Parks to discharge the Troops in that,

County so soon as thirty days shall

have expired from the time they were

mustered into service

                        I have the honor to remain [&c.]

                                                D.R. Atchison

                                                Maj: Genl 3rd. Div: M.M.

Genl Atchison



Oct 5, 1838