His Exc. L.W. Boggs.
Commd. In Chief
M. M. Sir, I returned on Yesterday with
the troops of the lst Brig. 4. Divis. M. M. We got to
and the next day, the Town surrendered to us under
the following conditions and stipulations.viz
lst. To give up their leaders to be tried & punished.
2nd. To make an appropriation of their property
all who have taken up arms to the payment
of their debts, and indemnity for damage
done by them.
3rd. That the balance Should leave the State and
be protected out by the Militia, but to be
permitted to remain until further Orders
from the Commander in Chief
4th To give up their arms of every description,
to be receipted for.
We took about 600 Prisoners and rec,d
Something like that number of arms.
In disbanding my command, I ordered
Genl. Wilson to take charge of the leaders
who I had demanded for trial. viz.
Jo. Smith Jr. Sidney Rigdon, Lyman Wight,
Amos Lyman, Geo. W. Robinson, Parley Pratt,
Hyram Smith, together with the arms; and
march them to my head Quarters at
to await your further Orders. On 3rd of Novr.
when at Williams,s ferry,
a letter from Major Genl. Clark by express
ordering me to March the prisoners and arms
myself with my staff to his camps where=ever I
could find it between
County. This order I did not comply with, as
I could not under any circumstances, be comma=
=nded by a Junior Major Genl.I was thrown
in to the field by a Call from Brig. Genl Parks
there in the field. Which according to military
ettiquette and usage is equivalent to an order
and from your Order to Genl Clark, he is only
authorized to command Brigadier Generals, but can
make a call on Major Genl,s for any force that
he may think necessary. I received a copy
of your Orders to him, and I intend to start the
prisoners and arms to
when the whole will be subject to his order.
Your Orders of 26th. & 27th. Ult. together
with your letter to me of latter date was
only rec,d by express on 30th. Ult. within 6. or 7
1,800 men which I marched that night to Goose
Creek within one mile of
the next day my forces were increased to 2500
men, with an Army of this magnitude I could
not think of lying idle and inactive.
I will make out a fair report and send it
to you by next mail; we were looking for you
every day, for the last 4 or 5 days, or I would
have sent an express to You from
A communication I received from Genl. Clark
1st. Novr. Stated that he had learned you was
on your way up, and would arrive in a day
or two. learning that Genl. Clark was on his
march with an army of 2000. men I concluded
that he would have force Sufficient to Operate
in Daviess and
a final close without the co=operation of my
troops, I deemed it proper in Order to Save the
State an enormious expense, which each day
was immensely heavy; to discharge my forces
which was accordingly done, with the exception
of four companies left a
companies under Genl. Parks sent to Daviess
County. I left your
aid Col Williams,
Burch and Major Reese of Regt. at
drawing up all the necessary papers, and
Hinkle and myself appointed 5th. Comd. viz:
Wm Collins of
Judge Cameron of Clay and John Corrill and
M. Phelps of
convey their property in trust to those comds.
for the benefit of creditors and for indemnifying
those that have been damaged by them.
This arrangement gave Satisfaction to the whole
Army and was the means, of saving a great
many valuable lives, and the effusion of
[much crossed out] immense blood shed.
I have the honor to be with
Saml. D. Lucas
Major Genl. 4th. Divis M.M.
P.S. I sent Genl. Clark a copy of my report
to you, as soon as I had it made out