A Young Folks' History of the Church
"General Lucas, these are the prisoners I agreed to deliver to you."
The brethren were then marched into the camp of the mob-militia where they were
received with great shouts, curses, and yells. All that night they were compelled to lie on
the cold ground, and it rained before morning. The next day Hyrum Smith and Amasa M.
Lyman were brought as prisoners into camp.
That day General Lucas demanded the arms of the "Mormons," promising them
protection, and the return of their guns after the trouble was over; but no sooner had the
mob obtained possession of the arms then they began stealing and carrying away
everything they could lay their hands on. They also destroyed much property and abused
innocent women and children. Those of the brethren that had property were compelled to
sign it away to the mob.
On the evening of November 1st, General Lucas held a court in which Joseph and his
brethren were to be tried. This court was composed of seventeen preachers and some
army officers. None of the prisoners were present, and knew nothing of what was going
on. The brethren were found guilty and sentenced to be shot next morning at eight,
o'clock, on the public square in Far West. When the sentence was passed Generals
Doniphan and Graham said it was murder, and they would have nothing to do with it.
This checked Lucas in his evil designs and so they decided to take the prisoners to
Jackson county and kill them there. Before starting, they were allowed to go to their
homes and see their families, but they were not permitted to speak to them. Their wives
and children clung to them, crying in their despair, and were only separated by the cruel
swords of the guards.
Fifty-six of the leading brethren were now taken prisoners and sent to the town of
Richmond. Most of them were released shortly after.
On November 6th General Clark made his famous speech to the Saints in Far West,
wherein he told them that he had come to carry out the governor's orders to destroy them,
but he would be lenient and give them a little time to get out of the state. He advised the
Saints to be like other people and not organize themselves with bishops, presidents, etc. It
was a very foolish, conceited speech.
About twenty-five miles north of Far West was a beautiful settlement of the Saints.
Joseph said it was the place where our father Adam had blessed his children, and where
he will come again to visit his people. So the place was called Adam-ondi-Ahman. The
people here had suffered with the rest of the Saints, and now in the cold month of
November they were driven from their homes and took refuge for the winter in Far West.
During that hard winter and time of trial when Joseph and many of his brethren were in
prison and many others had apostatized, one name comes to the front as that of a faithful
man. It is Brigham Young. He was ever true to the Prophet, and Joseph could rely on
him. With him were such noble men as Heber C. Kimball, John Taylor, and many others.
Brigham was now president of the Twelve, and it was his duty to take the lead in looking
after the affairs of the Church during the absence of the First Presidency.
In January, 1839, Brigham Young called a meeting to consider what should be done in
aiding the poor Saints to remove from Missouri. President Young presented a resolution