Missouri State Archives: Finding Aid 5.1

Mormon War Papers, 1837-1841

[ Full-text transcription of: Letter from General Samuel D. Lucas, 4th Division of the Missouri Militia in Independence, MO to Governor Boggs, Jefferson City, MO ]
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                                    Independence .  11th Nov: 1838

His Excellency L W. Boggs

            Comr in Chief. M.M.

                                                Sir – Your commu:

“nication of 6th. Nov: 1838. through B. M. Lisle esqr

Adj: Genl has just been received.  The prisoners

have been sent to Richmond , subject to the order

of Genl: Clark , & the arms will be sent as soon

as the weather will permit.  I have also fur:

:nished Genl. Clark a copy of my report to

you, all of which proceedings have been trans:

:mitted to you by mail, but which I presume

did not reach previous to the date of your orders—

                                    I have the honor to be yr:

                                         Most obdt: servt:

                                                Saml D. Lucas

                                                    Maj Gen’l 4th. D. M.M.

P.S.  I refer you to my report & two other

communications, since my return from

Far West , for further particulars, as to

the prisoners & arms—

                                    Col : S. V. Noland, one of your

Aid-de-camps, who accompanied the expe:

:dition under my command, will leave this

evening for Jefferson City , & will communicate

further on the subject 

                                                S. D. Lucas

                                                Maj: Gen. 4. Div—

                                    (over)


P.S.  The lst communication received from

Genl. Clark was under date 30th. Oct. in which

he directs Genl. Atchison & myself to act as we

think best according to circumstances—This letter

was received, either on the day, or the day before

the surrender, by Capt. Long, one of the persons

Genl. Atchison & myself had started to you

with our report—The 2nd communication from

Genl. Clark was dated 1st Nov.  In this he directs

us to remain in some secure position, & not

to make any attack, until he arrived, which

together with the 3rd. Communication (the one

you sent a copy of in your communication per

Mr. Dorriss) was only received at Williams’

Ferry Missouri River ,- two days after I had

disbanded the army, as per my report to

you of the 2nd Nov:- I never  had any idea

of trying any of the prisoners by a Court

Martial, but only ordered them to my Head

Quarters to await your further orders—

                                                S. D. Lucas.

                                                Maj: Genl: 4th. Div: M.M.