Missouri State Archives: Finding Aid 5.1

Mormon War Papers, 1837-1841

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Wyatt Cravens a witness produced sworn and exca

=mined for the State deposeth  & saith he was one in

Capt Bogard’s Company and was present at the fights

with the mormons on the 25th day of October last about

day break in Clay county, Parley P Pratt and Capt Patton ap

peared in Command of the company that made the attack

upon us, we were lying in Camp when we head them

coming we got up and prepared for Battle, the Mormon

came n about 60 yards of us & formed the line of battle

they then approached in a body numbering as near as

I can guess to about 150 armed with guns swords &

pistols to about 40 yards when the firing commenced

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Nehemiah Odell Sent. A witness produced sworn

and examined for the State deposeth and saith that he

was in the Battle between Capt Bogard and the Mor-

-mons on the 25th of October last says Parley P Pratt was

in the battle Commanding part of the Mormon forces on

that occasion.  The offices who gave the Command to the

Mormons, after some Kind of religious ceremony to

about this amount “In the name of Lazarus God &

the Lamb “ fire Danites” and after firing twice they char

=ged, but which party fired first I don’t recollect and

further this deponent saith not  Nehemiah Odell

Captain Samuel Bogart a witness produced

sworn and examined for the State deposeth and

saith, that on the evening of the 24th Octs last while

ranging under the Orders of Genl Atcheson as is

below inserted I met with several Mormons &

read it to them supposing they would inform

the Mormons of Caldwell the characters of my com

=pany.  We had been informed on that evening by citizens

of Ray that we were in Danger of being attacked by the Mor-

=mons that night, whereupon I fell back to an encamp

ment on Crooked River in Ray county.  On the next morning

near day break my picket guard gave information that

they were coming and in a few moments I saw the

Mormon forces forming  and a few guns were fired

out of the brush by the Mormons, when the fight

commenced the left wing of the Mormon forces were with