Historian’s Office, Martyrdom Account, Draft

  • Source Note
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continued parrying their guns until they had got them about half their length into the room when he found resistance was vain, and he attempted to jump out of the window, when a ball fired from within struck him on his left thigh hitting the bone it <​and​> passed passing through to within half an inch of the other side. He fell on the window sill when a ball fired from outside struck his watch in his vest pocket which threw him back into the room. After he fell into the room he was hit by two more balls, one of them injuring his left wrist considerably and the other entering at the side of the bone just below the left knee. He rolled under the bed which was at the right of the window in the south east corner of the room. While he lay under the bed he was fired at several times from the stairway; one ball struck him in the left hip which tore the flesh in a shocking manner and large quantities of blood were scattered upon the wall and floor.
When fell Joseph exclaimed “Oh dear! brother !” and opening the door a few inches snapped discharged his six s <​revolver​> <​six shooter​> in the stairway, three barrels of which missed fire, while kept knocking down the bayonets and muskets. Joseph seeing there was no safety in the room, and probably thinking that it would save the lives of his brethren in the room if he could escape, turned calmly from the door, dropped his pistol on the floor saying “there, defend yourselves as well as you can”. He sprang into the window, when two balls pierced him from the door, and one entered his right breast from without, and he fell outward into the hands of his murderers exclaiming O Lord, my God!!” He fell partly on his right shoulder and back, his neck and head reaching the ground a little before his feet, and he rolled instantly on his face. From this position he was taken by a young man who was barefoot and bareheaded, having on no coat, his pants [p. 54a]
continued parrying their guns until they had got them about half their length into the room when he found resistance was vain, and he attempted to jump out of the window, when a ball fired from within struck him on his left thigh hitting the bone and passing through to within half an inch of the other side. He fell on the window sill when a ball fired from outside struck his watch in his vest pocket which threw him back into the room. After he fell into the room he was hit by two more balls, one of them injuring his left wrist considerably and the other entering at the side of the bone just below the left knee. He rolled under the bed which was at the right of the window in the south east corner of the room. While he lay under the bed he was fired at several times from the stairway; one ball struck him in the left hip which tore the flesh in a shocking manner and large quantities of blood were scattered upon the wall and floor.
When fell Joseph exclaimed “Oh dear! brother !” and opening the door a few inches discharged his six shooter in the stairway, three barrels of which missed fire, Joseph seeing there was no safety in the room, and probably thinking that it would save the lives of his brethren in the room if he could escape, turned calmly from the door, dropped his pistol on the floor saying “there, defend yourselves as well as you can”. He sprang into the window, when two balls pierced him from the door, and one entered his right breast from without, and he fell outward into the hands of his murderers exclaiming “O Lord, my God!!” He fell partly on his right shoulder and back, his neck and head reaching the ground a little before his feet, and he rolled instantly on his face. From this position he was taken by a man who was barefoot and bareheaded, having on no coat, his pants [p. 54a]
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