Picturing history: Thomas C. Sharp grave

Published: Tuesday, July 8 2014 4:40 p.m. MDT

Updated: Tuesday, July 8 2014 6:52 p.m. MDT

A number of individuals played a significant role in planning and carrying out the final arrest and martyrdom of the Prophet Joseph Smith. One of those was Thomas Coke Sharp, of Warsaw, Illinois.

Warsaw is a Mississippi River town about 15 miles south of Nauvoo, Illinois. Sharp edited a newspaper called the Warsaw Signal that had a far-reaching effect on large numbers of people.

Sharp was younger than Joseph Smith and a lawyer by training. He evidently had hearing loss to the point that the courtroom experience was hard for him to follow as a general rule. Consequently, he turned to publishing.

Sharp was one of those who went to trial for the murders of Joseph and Hyrum Smith. All who went to trial were acquitted. Sharp is buried in the main cemetery at Carthage, Illinois.

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