180 years ago today - May 6, 1839

[Wilford Woodruff Journal]
Several of the Brethren attended this conference that was wounded by the Missouri mob one of which I will mention which was Brother ISAAC LEANY who was in company with about twenty others at Hawns mill in upper Missouri when a large armed mob fell upon them with loaded rifles & other weapons & shot down Seventeen of the Saints & murdered them in cool blood.

Brother Leany flead from the midst of this seanery & while fleeing the mob poured forth a shower of balls upon him which pierced his body through and through. He showed me eleven ball holes in his body. Their was 27 in his shirt, 7 in his pantaloons, & his coat literally cut to rags. One ball entered his body at one armpit & came out at the other. Another entered the back & came out at the breast. A ball passed through each hip through each leg & each arm. All this was while he was running for life & as strange as it may appear all those wounds with one broken rib did not lessen his speed in the least but he entirely out run his enemies & saved his life. We can ownly acknowledge it to be by the power & mercy of God.

Brother Joseph Young was among the number. He also fled & although the balls flew around him like hailstones yet he was not wounded. How marvelous are the ways of the Lord.

[Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

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