175 years ago today - Oct 24, 1844

[Hosea Stout]

... in relation to affairs at Carthage, the brethren who had gone there as before related having came home the evening before, heard a letter read from the Governor authorizing the Lieutenant General of the Legion to call out the Legion to protect the Court at Carthage and suppress all mobs which might rise in Hancock County, if necessary.

At the time the mob was gathering at Carthage very fast with the express purpose of depriving the brethren from having the benefits of a fair trial and also to deprive the grand jury from hearing those who had assassinated Brothers Joseph and Hyrum Smith; for they had sworn that they would murder any one who dared to appear against them ...

It was decided by the Council that the [Nauvoo] Legion be put in immediate readiness for actual service and I was ordered to call out my Regiment forthwith which I did and at 4 oclock P. M. ....

[Diaries of Hosea Stout]

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