Wells orders Scott to "[exterminate] . . . hostile clans and sue for peace."

Jan 31, 1850
Daniel H. Wells

Special Order #1, January 31, 1850, Territorial Militia Records, Utah State Archives

John Scott, Daniel H. Wells, George D. Grant
John Scott

You are hereby ordered to raise forth with a company of fifty efficient men: and see they are provided with horses, arms, and ammunition, and rations sufficient for twenty days, and proceed with said company to Fort Utah in the Utah valley with as little delay as possible. There to cooperate with the inhabitants of said Valley in quelling and staying the operations of all hostile Indians, and otherwise act, as the circumstances may require, exterminating such as do not separate themselves from their hostile clans, and sue for peace, You will march from Great Salt Lake City, as early as next Monday morning, and make full report of all your proceedings under this order on your return, and keep my office apprised of intervening operations. Should circumstances require, you are also expected to operate in connection with Capt. George D. Grant in carrying out this order.

Daniel H. Wells

Major General

Nauvoo Legion Private Instructions

For Cap. John Scott

In carrying out the above order you will keep in exercise, every principle of humanity compatible with the laws of war and see that no violence is permitted to women and Children unless the same shall be demanded by attendant circumstances. The Utah Indians have been notified repeatedly of the consequences that would ensue to them if they did not cease to molest the white inhabitants and their herds. You will therefore <proceed against> them without further apprisal or notice and execute your orders.

Daniel H. Wells

Major General

Nauvoo Legion

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