During the final hostilities between the Nephite and Lamanite nations, the Lamanites are said to have taken men, women, and children prisoner from the tower of Sherrizah. The record does not say whether the tower was an architectural structure or a feature of the landscape. In an epistle to Moroni, Mormon described the grisly horrors to which the prisoners were subjected. The men, he wrote, were killed, and the women and children were fed the flesh of their husbands and fathers. Many widows and their daughters “remained in Sherrizah” and were forced to scavenge for food, because what provisions the Lamanites left, Zenephi’s Nephite army took. Mormon indicated that the Lamanite armies were positioned between his weakened army and Sherrizah.