170 years ago today - Sep 16, 1843

[Joseph Smith Diary] Saturday, September 16th 1843 General parade [of the] Nauvoo Legion near Gen[eral] Smith's farm. Went in co[mpany] with his staff to parade met by escort and arrived before the legion about 12 [o'clock]. [Joseph] Was received and saluted in military style. About 1 P.M. Legion was dismissed for 2 hours and I rode home to dinner. Returned about 20 minutes after 3 [P.M.]. Attend[ed] the review and inspection of the Legion with my staff. Gen[eral] Derby acting inspector. After which I took my part and gave orders. After which made a speech to the legion. Highly satisfied with officers and Soldiers and I felt extremely well myself.

About sundown the Legion was dismissed and [I] rode home with some of my staff. Highly delighted with the day's performance and well paid for my services. The return will appear hereafter.

[Source: Faulring, Scott (ed.), An American Prophet's Record: The Diaries and Journals of Joseph Smith: Joseph Smith Diary, 1843-44, http://amzn.to/jsdiaries]

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