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The Day Joseph Smith Was Killed: A Carthage Woman’s Perspective
Thursday, May 7, 2020

The Day Joseph Smith Was Killed: A Carthage Woman’s Perspective

We are featuring our newest podcast episode, "The Day Joseph Smith Was Killed: A Carthage Woman’s Perspective." It is available on our YouTube channel as well as our website and streaming platforms. 

Years after the murder of Joseph and Hyrum Smith on June 27, 1844, Amanda Benton Smith, a resident of Carthage, Illinois, and non–Latter-day Saint, recorded an account of the events of that day. Twenty-eight years old and a mother of six, Amanda was the wife of Carthage Grey captain Robert F. Smith—the militia officer responsible for protecting the Latter-day Saint prisoners in Carthage jail and defending the town. In her reminiscence, Amanda describes learning of the Smiths’ deaths and draws a vivid picture of the vacant city as local citizens fled to the countryside in anticipation of the Latter-day Saints’ retaliation, which never came. This account, reproduced in full in this article, presents an alternative viewpoint articulated with courage and even a little humor. If accurate, her sketch also suggests that the leader of the Carthage Greys may not have been complicit in the attack on the jail.