The Haun’s Mill Massacre and the Extermination Order of Missouri Governor Lilburn W. Boggs
Haun's Mill, Haun's Mill Massacre, Extermination Order, Governor Boggs
On the afternoon of October 30, 1838, the most lamentable and tragic episode of the Mormon-Missouri War took place at an isolated Mormon settlement in eastern Caldwell County known as Haun’s Mill. Seventeen Latterday Saint civilians were killed and another fourteen wounded by an extralegal force composed of over two hundred men acting under the leadership of Thomas Jennings of Livingston County. The circumstances relating to the events, and the tragic loss of life inflicted by these county regulators upon a non-threatening and almost entirely defenseless community, illustrate the extremes to which the public majority would go to remove an unwanted religious minority from their society.
Original Publication Citation
“The Haun’s Mill Massacre and the Extermination Order of Missouri Governor Lilburn W. Boggs,” Mormon Historical Studies 10, no. 1 (Spring 2009): 21–30.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Baugh, Alexander L., "The Haun’s Mill Massacre and the Extermination Order of Missouri Governor Lilburn W. Boggs" (2009). Faculty Publications. 3734.
Mormon Historical Studies
Church History and Doctrine