Alexander Sympson was new to Carthage in 1844 when Illinois Governor Thomas Ford paraded Joseph and Hyrum Smith as prisoners before assembled militia troops on the courthouse grounds the morning after the Mormon leaders arrived to answer riot charges. Some troops rebelled at the Mormon prisoners being introduced with military dignities, forcing the Governor to intervene. Later that day, they were released pending trial in the autumn. But Justice of the Peace Robert F. Smith (also militia captain of the Carthage Greys) ordered the Smiths rearrested on new charges of treason. The courthouse was "crowded to suffocation" when the prisoners were escorted there through menacing crowds the next day, June 26, 1944. Their case was postponed again, so the Smiths were returned to this county jail and were murdered here the next day.
|Series||This marker is part of the Illinois: Looking for Lincoln series|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 at 4:09am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||15T E 657867 N 4475493|
|Decimal Degrees||40.41510000, -91.13930000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 40° 24.906', W 91° 8.358'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||40° 24' 54.36" N, 91° 8' 21.48" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 305 Walnut St, Carthage IL 62321, US|
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