Assassination of the Prophet Joseph Smith


Stock #: 716514
Type: Postcard
Era: Divided Back
City: Carthage
State: Illinois (IL)
County: Hancock
Publisher: Johnson
Size: 3.5" x 5.5" (9 x 14 cm)

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As the assassins swarmed up the stairs, firing through the door, Hyrum Smith was first to fall dead. John Taylor was next seriously wounded, and as he attempted to leap from the window, a second bullet struck his watch, causing him to fall back into the room. He rolled under the bed and was unnoticed by the mob. Joseph Smith also endeavored to leap from the window, when two bullets pierced him, and he fell to the ground. His murder was accomplished as he leaned against the well curb, as shown in the picture. Willard Richards escaped unharmed. The Carthage Greys, who were pledged by Governor Ford to protect the prisoners, stood idly by, and no doubt some participated in the crime. June 27th, 1844.

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