SIA2199: Carthage Jail Upper Room Door

Photographer:Calvin J. Hamilton
Copyright:© 2007 Calvin J. Hamilton
Location:Carthage, Illinois

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Joseph Smith, Hyrum Smith, John Taylor, and Willard Richards were in this upstairs room of the Carthage jail when a mob stormed it shortly after five o'clock. The mob burst through this door "and began the work of death, while others fired in through the open windows. . . . A shower of balls was pouring through all parts of the room, many of which lodged in the ceiling" (History of the Church, 6:617). Joseph and Hyrum were killed, John Taylor was seriously wounded, and Willard Richards was left unharmed.

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