John Mangum Footnote

John Mangum III was a soldier in the Revolutionary War. He was wounded and taken prisoner with six other soldiers. Each was asked his name and taken to a log over which he was laid and his head was chopped off.

When John gave his name, he was taken to their camp and given food.

Later he asked why his life had been spared. He was told: "We have a Mangum on our side. He is a pretty good son of a bitch and we thought you would be, too."

He escaped, served seven months more, making 16 months in all. He received a pension in 1832, died in 1843 in Fulton, Mississippi.

His widow traveled to Nauvoo, then on to Winter Quarters with the Saints. She died there in 1847.