Missouri's Extermination Order
October 27, 1838
Governor Lilburn W. Boggs's exterminating order is issued. Hearing the many rumors of the destruction and insurrection of the Saints, Boggs orders that "the Mormons must be treated as enemies and must be exterminated or driven from the state, if necessary for the public good. Their outrages are beyond all description."
Source: J. Christopher Conkling, A Joseph Smith Chronology, Deseret Book Company, 1979.
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