Correspondence between William R. Hamilton and Samuel H. B. Smith Regarding the Martyrdom of Joseph and Hyrum Smith
In an attempt to vindicate the courage and character of his father (Samuel H. Smith), Samuel H. B. Smith wrote a letter to an eyewitness of the shooting of Joseph and Hyrum Smith at Carthage Jail. In the 1890s, certain people were claiming that his father, a brother to Joseph and Hyrum, had run away from the mob. Smith's family contended that, on the contrary, Samuel H. risked his life to give assistance to his brothers in Carthage. William Hamilton, who was fourteen at the time of the shooting, writes of his recollections about that event.