A report reached us that A mob or company of Armed men were coming toward us from Missouri on the west side of the river. We called the men together in the encampment & organized them into A legion. Brigham Young occupied his former place as Major General of the Legion. Mr Stephen Markham Appointed Coiloriel, Hosea Stout 1st Major Mr [ ] Scott 2d Major [ ] And officers to fill out the legion the whole numbering about 500 men including three companies of Artillery men of 25 each. The day was mostly spent in this way. All were well armed and equiped for self defence.
[Source: Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]