Joseph Smith spoke with the Sac and Fox Indians who had arrived the previous day.
Joseph Smith received the report that a mob of about 300 was assembled at Carthage, Illinois, and was ready to attack Nauvoo.
Joseph Smith was at home examining Benjamin West's painting Death on the Pale Horse, which had been in his reading room for three days.
While in protective custody at Carthage Jail, Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum Smith were shot and killed by an armed mob just after 5 p.m.
Joseph and Hyrum Smith's bodies were brought on two wagons through Nauvoo to the Mansion House (the Prophet's home), where thousands of Saints were gathered to lament their death.
The bodies of Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum were buried.
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