185 years ago today - Nov 1, 1838

Hyrum Smith and Amasa M. Lyman are added to the group of prisoners. A long court-martial is held, which lasts until midnight. During this time, the militia goes into various Mormon settlements, robbing, destroying, ransacking, and raping at will. After the court-martial, General Lucas orders Brigadier General Doniphan to "take Joseph Smith and the other prisoners into the public square of Far West, and shoot them at 9 o'clock tomorrow morning." Doniphan answers, "It is cold-blooded murder. I will not obey your order. . . . If you execute these men, I will hold you responsible before an earthly tribunal, so help me God." [Doniphan had previously been hired to be Smith's lawyer.]

[Conkling, Christopher J., Joseph Smith Chronology]

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