175 years ago today - Feb 3, 1848

[Wilford Woodruff]
3d I attended A feast prepared by the defenders of Nauvoo or those who were in the Battle of Nauvoo. ...

It was ascerted that there was not more than 100 saints at any one time in the fight while the mob that was fighting against the Saints numbered from 800 to 1,000. And their was but three of the Saints killed and one or two slightly wounded while there was several waggon loads of the mob killed & many wounded & the enemy driven from the field. But the Lord was with the Saints & saved their lives.

The Saints wore a read badge on the left arm to distinguish them from their enemies in the battle. They wore the same to day at the feast. At the opening of the performences President Kimball deliverd an Address upon the subject of the Battle of Nauvoo & was followed by Col Johnson, After which their was feasting singing music & some dancing. A figure was got up called the Battle of Nauvoo which was danced & the Saints felt to praise the Lord for their deliverance.

[Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

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