Town/City
Liberty
County
Clay County
State/Province
Missouri
Country
United States of America

Jail, Liberty, Missouri

Summary

Two-story building containing dungeon on lower floor with access through trap door. Wood building constructed, ca. 1830. Outer stone wall added and building completed, 1833. JS and five others confined there for just over four months, beginning 1 Dec. 1838, while awaiting trial for charges in connection with “Mormon War.” JS and others attempted to escape jail and failed, 7 Feb. and 4 Mar. 1839. JS and others transferred from jail to Daviess Co., Missouri, 6 Apr. 1839. While imprisoned there, JS wrote or coauthored at least twelve letters and two petitions.

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