Hyrum Smith, Testimony, 1 July 1843 [Extradition of JS for Treason]

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through their lines with a strong guard in front, and the cannon in the rear, to the Camp amidst the whoopings, howlings, yellings & shoutings of the army which was so horrid & terrific that it frightened the inhabitants of the : it is impossible to describe the feelings of horror & distress of the people— <​After being thus betrayed​> there they were placed under a strong guard of 30 men armed cap-a-pie were which they <​who were​> relieved every two hours, there they were compelled to lay on the cold ground that night, and were told in plain language, that they need never to expect their liberties again, so far for their honor pledged. However this was as much as could be expected from a Mob under the garb of military & executive authority in the State of . And on the next day the soldiers were permitted to patrol the streets, to abuse and insult the people at their leisure, and enter into houses and pillage them, and ravish the women, taking away every gun and every other kind of arms or military implements: and about twelve o’clock on that day came to my house with an armed force and opened the door and called me out of doors & delivered me up as a prisoner unto that force they surrounded me and commanded me to march into the Camp, I told them that I could not go, my family were sick, and I was sick myself and could not leave home; they said they did not care for that I must and should go. I asked when they would permit me to return they made me no answer but forced me along with the point of the Bayonet into the camp and put me under the same guard with my brother Joseph— and within about half an hour afterwards was also brought & placed under the same guard, there we were compelled to stay all that night and lie on the ground; but along sometime in the same night came to me and told me that he had been pleading my case before the court martial but he was afraid he should not succeed, he said there was a Court Martial then [p. 13]
through their lines with a strong guard in front, and the cannon in the rear, to the Camp amidst the whoopings, howlings, yellings & shoutings of the army which was so horrid & terrific that it frightened the inhabitants of the : it is impossible to describe the feelings of horror & distress of the people— After being thus betrayed they were placed under a strong guard of 30 men armed cap-a-pie who were relieved every two hours, there they were compelled to lay on the cold ground that night, and were told in plain language, that they need never to expect their liberties again, so far for their honor pledged. However this was as much as could be expected from a Mob under the garb of military & executive authority in the State of . And on the next day the soldiers were permitted to patrol the streets, to abuse and insult the people at their leisure, and enter into houses and pillage them, and ravish the women, taking away every gun and every other kind of arms or military implements: and about twelve o’clock on that day came to my house with an armed force and opened the door and called me out of doors & delivered me up as a prisoner unto that force they surrounded me and commanded me to march into the Camp, I told them that I could not go, my family were sick, and I was sick myself and could not leave home; they said they did not care for that I must and should go. I asked when they would permit me to return they made me no answer but forced me along with the point of the Bayonet into the camp and put me under the same guard with my brother Joseph— and within about half an hour afterwards was also brought & placed under the same guard, there we were compelled to stay all that night and lie on the ground; but along sometime in the same night came to me and told me that he had been pleading my case before the court martial but he was afraid he should not succeed, he said there was a Court Martial then [p. 13]
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