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 and General Samuel D. Lucas, 4th Division of Missouri Militia at Richmond, MO to Governor Boggs, Jefferson City, MO ]
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                                                Genl Atchison

                                                to

                                                Governor

                                                            Oct 28, 1838

                                                            copied


                                                            Richmond Oct. 28th. 1838.

                                                Head Quarters of the 3rd & 4th. Div: M.M.

To the Commander in Chief Mo: Militia

                                    Sir—From late outrages

committed by the mormons, Civil war

is inevitable.  They have set the laws of the

country at defiance, & are in open rebel:

:lion.  We have about two thousand

men under arms, to keep them in check.

The presence of the Commander in Chief

is deemed absolutely necessary.  And

we most respectfully urge that your

Excellency be at the seat of War, as

soon as possible—

                        Your most obedient servants

                        David R. Atchison M. G. 3rd Div.

                        Saml D. Lucas Maj: Genl: 4: Div.