Missouri State Archives: Finding Aid 5.1

Mormon War Papers, 1837-1841

[ Full-text transcription of: Letter from General John B. Clark, 1st Division of Missouri Militia, at Camp at Chariton, MO to Generals Samuel D. Lucas, 4th Division and David R. Atchison, 3rd Division ]
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                                                            Copy of Order to

                                                            Gen’l Atchison & Lucas

                                                            Oct 30 1838


                                                            [The above inscription

                                                            is crossed out]



                                                            10 Oclock

                        Camp Chariton Oct 30th 1838

Majr Genl Lucas & Atchison


I am now here with near one thousand

men under a force March to Richmond

in persuance of an order from the

Commander in Chief Copies of which

are herewith enclosed to you for the

use only of your confidents you

will discover by them the power vested

in me and for that purpose I enclose

them to you Capt Long this moment

arrived with an express from you to

the Govr which had been wet and

opened by Col Williams one of the

Govrs aids [sic] and sent to me I have

forwarded it to the Govr

                                    [ ]

act with your respective commands

for the best [“avoiding” crossed out] according to

circumstances until I arrive when

Some plan of action will be settled

upon if the Govr should not come

I will reach Richmond as soon as

I can

            Capt Long returns with this

to you and Mr. Fristo goes on to the


                        Respectfully yours

                        John B Clark Major Genl

                                    1st Di M M