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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.
|Ch. 1||"We descended with great velocity" : the triumphant return of the Lewis and Clark expedition||5|
|Ch. 2||"All the red men are my children" : Lewis and Sheheke's visit to Thomas Jefferson||23|
|Ch. 3||"They appeared in violent rage" : Pryor and Shannon's battle with the Arikara||28|
|Ch. 4||"He saw the prairie behind him covered with Indians in full and rapid chase" : the adventures of John Colter||38|
|Ch. 5||"This has not been done through malice" : George Drouillard's murder trial||49|
|Ch. 6||"The gloomy and savage wilderness" : the mysterious death of Meriwether Lewis||54|
|Ch. 7||"I give and recommend my soul" : the deaths of George Gibson, Jean-Baptiste Lepage, and John Shields||75|
|Ch. 8||"A sincere and undisguised heart" : George Shannon's early career||82|
|Ch. 9||"He must have fought in a circle on horseback" : George Drouillard's death at the hands of the Blackfeet||89|
|Ch. 10||"Walter as high as the trees" : William Bratton and John Ordway and the great earthquake||97|
|Ch. 11||"She was a good and the best woman in the fort" : Sacagawea's death||106|
|Ch. 12||"The crisis is fast approaching" : the corps and the War of 1812||118|
|Ch. 13||"We lost in all fourteen killed" : John Collins and Toussaint Charbonneau among the mountain men||127|
|Ch. 14||"Taken with the cholera in Tennessee and died" : the sad fate of York||139|
|Ch. 15||"Men on Lewis & Clark's trip" : William Clark's accounting of expedition members||149|
|Ch. 16||"Active to the last" : the final decades of the corps||162|
|App. A||Members of the Lewis and Clark expedition||187|
|App. B||The death of Meriwether Lewis||203|
|App. C||The Sacagawea controversy||210|
|Map of the Missouri River region|
Posted May 22, 2013
Lewis and Clark = what HASN'T been written about them?
Read this. There are nuggets here. It's technical in the detail but obscure facts do come out. It isn't in the manner or a start to finish trek. You're going to get side tracked by meticulous research, but you are going to know what you are reading isn't "made up", "developed", and "opinion". The facts of the smallest items are laid out in detail.
If you want more details on Americas greatest hikers = it's here. If you want adventure reading, this probably isn't the best read. Astounding details!
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Posted July 8, 2011
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