The Fate of the Corps: What Became of the Lewis and Clark Explorers After the Expedition

The Fate of the Corps: What Became of the Lewis and Clark Explorers After the Expedition

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by Larry E. Morris
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300109725

ISBN-13: 9780300109726

Pub. Date: 08/10/2005

Publisher: Yale University Press

The story of the Lewis and Clark Expedition has been told many times. But what became of the thirty-three members of the Corps of Discovery once the expedition was over?
The expedition ended in 1806, and the final member of the corps passed away in 1870. In the intervening decades, members of the corps witnessed the momentous events of the nation they helped to

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The story of the Lewis and Clark Expedition has been told many times. But what became of the thirty-three members of the Corps of Discovery once the expedition was over?
The expedition ended in 1806, and the final member of the corps passed away in 1870. In the intervening decades, members of the corps witnessed the momentous events of the nation they helped to form—from the War of 1812 to the Civil War and the opening of the transcontinental railroad. Some of the expedition members went on to hold public office; two were charged with murder. Many of the explorers could not resist the call of the wild, and continued to adventure forth into America’s western frontier.
Engagingly written and based on exhaustive research, The Fate of the Corps chronicles the lives of the fascinating men (and one woman) who opened the American West.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300109726
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
08/10/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
760,921
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1"We descended with great velocity" : the triumphant return of the Lewis and Clark expedition5
Ch. 2"All the red men are my children" : Lewis and Sheheke's visit to Thomas Jefferson23
Ch. 3"They appeared in violent rage" : Pryor and Shannon's battle with the Arikara28
Ch. 4"He saw the prairie behind him covered with Indians in full and rapid chase" : the adventures of John Colter38
Ch. 5"This has not been done through malice" : George Drouillard's murder trial49
Ch. 6"The gloomy and savage wilderness" : the mysterious death of Meriwether Lewis54
Ch. 7"I give and recommend my soul" : the deaths of George Gibson, Jean-Baptiste Lepage, and John Shields75
Ch. 8"A sincere and undisguised heart" : George Shannon's early career82
Ch. 9"He must have fought in a circle on horseback" : George Drouillard's death at the hands of the Blackfeet89
Ch. 10"Walter as high as the trees" : William Bratton and John Ordway and the great earthquake97
Ch. 11"She was a good and the best woman in the fort" : Sacagawea's death106
Ch. 12"The crisis is fast approaching" : the corps and the War of 1812118
Ch. 13"We lost in all fourteen killed" : John Collins and Toussaint Charbonneau among the mountain men127
Ch. 14"Taken with the cholera in Tennessee and died" : the sad fate of York139
Ch. 15"Men on Lewis & Clark's trip" : William Clark's accounting of expedition members149
Ch. 16"Active to the last" : the final decades of the corps162
App. AMembers of the Lewis and Clark expedition187
App. BThe death of Meriwether Lewis203
App. CThe Sacagawea controversy210
Map of the Missouri River region

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