Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1845

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  • Historical Introduction
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rning rushed into , armed and painted, bla ck, red and yellow; and in ten minutes fled again,  leaving my sons murdered and mangled corpses!!
In leaving the place, a few of them found  coming into , alone on horseback; and fin ding that he was one of our family they attempted  to shoot him; but he succeeded in escaping out of  their hands, although they pursued him at the top  of their speed for more than two hours. He suc ceeded the next day in getting out to in se asons to go out and meet the procession with the  bodies of Joseph and ; as the mob had the  kindness to allow us the priviledge of bringing them  home, and bringing burying them in ; not withstanding the immense reward which was offerred  by the Missourians for Joseph’s head.
Their bodies were attended home, by only two perso ns, save those that went from this place: these were   and a Mr. Hamilton; having been shot in prison, and nearly killed;  so that he could not be moved untill sometime af terwards.
After the corpses were washed and dressed in  their burial clothes we were allowed to see them.  I had for a long time braced every nerve, roused  every faculty <energy> of my soul, and called upon God to  strengthen me; but when I entered the room, and saw  my murdered sons, extended both at once before my  eyes; and heard the sobs and groans of my family — the cries of “Father! Husband! Brothers! from the  lips of their wives, children, brother and sisters, it was  too much— I sunk back crying to the Lord in  the agony of my soul, My God! My God! Why hast [p. 312]
rning rushed into , armed and painted, black, red and yellow; and in ten minutes fled again, leaving my sons murdered and mangled corpses!!
In leaving the place, a few of them found coming into , alone on horseback; and finding that he was one of our family they attempted to shoot him; but he succeeded in escaping out of their hands, although they pursued him at the top of their speed for more than two hours. He succeeded the next day in getting to in season to go out and meet the procession with the bodies of Joseph and ; as the mob had the kindness to allow us the priviledge of bringing them home, and burying them in ; notwithstanding the immense reward which was offerred by the Missourians for Joseph’s head.
Their bodies were attended home, by only two persons, save those that went from this place: these were and a Mr. Hamilton; having been shot in prison, and nearly killed; so that he could not be moved untill sometime afterwards.
After the corpses were washed and dressed in their burial clothes we were allowed to see them. I had for a long time braced every nerve, roused every energy of my soul, and called upon God to strengthen me; but when I entered the room, and saw my murdered sons, extended both at once before my eyes; and heard the sobs and groans of my family— the cries of “Father! Husband! Brothers! from the lips of their wives, children, brother and sisters, it was too much— I sunk back crying to the Lord in the agony of my soul, My God! My God! Why hast [p. 312]
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