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Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery

Journals: April, 1804

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Apr 8
Letter from Sargeant John Ordway to his parents: Dear Parents: I am writing to you again to let you know where I am and where I am going. I am well thank God and in high spirits. I am under the command of Captain Lewis and Captain Clark who have been appointed by the president to explore the western part of North America. We are planning to ascend the Missouri River with boat as far as possible. From then on, we will travel by foot until we hopefully reach the western ocean. Our party consists of 25 men from the army and country. I have been chosen as one of the men from the army. If I successfully return from this journey, I will be granted discharge from the army, my choice. We expect to be gone either 18 months of two years. In honor of our hard work, we receive 15 dollars a month and at least 400 acres of first class land. If we make great discoveries along our journey, the U'States has promised us great rewards.
Missouri Economics Camp DuBois
Apr 19
Clark: A rainy morning. We slept late. Thunder and lightning at 1:00. Men practiced shooting at a mark.
Missouri Weather Camp DuBois
Apr 28
Clark: Mr. Hay is packing up. All men are at work preparing. Several country men came to win my mens money, but in doing so, lost all they had with them. The river has fallen.
Missouri Economics Camp DuBois
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This guide last edited 12/17/2005
This guide last revised 10/23/2007
This guide created 10/12/2004