Title

The Haun’s Mill Massacre and the Extermination Order of Missouri Governor Lilburn W. Boggs

Keywords

Haun's Mill, Haun's Mill Massacre, Extermination Order, Governor Boggs

Abstract

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.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2009

Publisher

Mormon Historical Studies

Language

English

College

Religious Education

Department

Church History and Doctrine

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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