Joseph Smith Jr. Is Killed
In the History of the Church the following account is given concerning Joseph Smith's death:
'Immediately there was a little rustling at the outer door of the jail, and a cry of surrender, and also a discharge of three or four firearms followed instantly... Joseph sprang to his coat for his six-shooter, Hyrum for his single barrel....
When Hyrum fell, Joseph exclaimed, "Oh dear, brother Hyrum!" and opening the door a few inches he discharged his six shooter in the stairway (as stated before), two or three barrels of which missed fire.
Joseph, seeing there was no safety in the room, and no doubt thinking that it would save the lives of his brethren in the room if he could get out, turned calmly from the door, dropped his pistol on the floor, and sprang into the window ... and he fell outward into the hands of his murderers...'
...now was the time to dispose of Smith for Ford had departed Carthage and would be made to look bad if anything happened to the Mormon leader while he was away. Volunteers from this military body now marched to Carthage and stormed the jail. The Greys, participating in the conspiracy, fired blanks at the mob and stood aside and watched as the militia ascended the stairs and shot through the jail door, killing Hyrum Smith, who had been imprisoned with his brother. Joseph Smith fired three shots of his own down the stairway, wounding some, and then fled to the window, opening it then jumping out. Sharp said that, after the fall, he was "dispatched." When the body was examined it showed that the prophet had been shot twice in the back and twice in the front. While on the ground he was stabbed with a bayonet.