The Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, Volume 11: The Journals of Joseph Whitehouse, May 14, 1804-April 2, 1806

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The University of Nebraska Press editions of The Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition are widely heralded as a lasting achievement. In all, thirteen volumes are projected, which together will provide a complete record of the expedition. Volume 11 contains the journals of expedition member Joseph Whitehouse. His journals are the only surviving account written by an army private on the expedition, and he is one of the least known of the expedition party. Following the expedition, Whitehouse had a ...
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Overview

The University of Nebraska Press editions of The Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition are widely heralded as a lasting achievement. In all, thirteen volumes are projected, which together will provide a complete record of the expedition. Volume 11 contains the journals of expedition member Joseph Whitehouse. His journals are the only surviving account written by an army private on the expedition, and he is one of the least known of the expedition party. Following the expedition, Whitehouse had a checkered army career, and he disappeared after 1817. His capabilities have been unfairly slighted by previous commentators, despite his narrative skill and evidence that he was a man of a lively and curious mind. His extensive journal entries contribute to our understanding of the epochal journey and of the unusual group of men who undertook one of the defining events in our history. The last part of his journals was not found until 1966; this is the first publication of the complete record of his account.
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Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"The University of Nebraska Press has become the pre-eminent publisher of Lewis and Clark titles, including what is now considered the definitive edition of the journals edited by Nebraska history professor Gary Moulton."—John Marshall, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Omaha World Herald
"Moulton not only edited the transcriptions of the journal entries; he also provided a detailed index and oversaw a team of consultants who provided expert annotations on botany, zoology, astronomy, archaeology, linguists and medicine. As a result, readers can understand the expedition in its full context. It's no wonder that the series has received many plaudits."—Omaha World Herald
Atlantic Monthly
"Meticulously edited, with detailed (and absolutely necessary) footnotes, these volumes are a triumph of scholarly publishing. . . . One version or another belongs on most readers' shelves—and should accompany any road trip through the West."—Atlantic Monthly
Washington Post Book World - Gregory McNamee
"[This edition] stands as one of the great accomplishments of American scholarship and scholarly publishing alike. The work of historian Gary Moulton and a team of some three dozen specialists working through the University of Nebraska's Center for Great Plains Studies with the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the 13-volume Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition was published by the University of Nebraska Press from 1983 to 2001."—Gregory McNamee, Washington Post Book World
New York Review of Books - Larry McMurtry
"Lewis and Clark loom over the narrative literature of the West as the Rockies loom over the rivers that run through them. These Journals are to the narrative of the American West as the Iliad is to the epic or as Don Quixote is to the novel: a first exemplar so great as to contain in embryo the genre's full potential. The narrative writing about the West that came before Lewis and Clark seems fragmentary and slight; what came after them seems insipid and slight, lacking both the scale and the force of those Journals."—Larry McMurtry in the New York Review of Books
Library Journal
The only surviving journal by a private in the Lewis and Clark expedition is that of Joseph Whitehouse, which is in two versions: an original that goes to November 1805 and a fuller and longer paraphrased version (extending to April 1806) discovered in 1966, known as the "fair" copy. Editor Moulton (history, Univ. of Nebraska, Lincoln) has arranged the paraphrased entry after the original entry of the same date. As with the earlier volumes of the journals (LJ 3/1/87), this volume is fully annotated, although Moulton refers readers to those volumes if the annotation would simply repeat an earlier one. This definitive edition is essential for academic libraries and others interested in the exploration of the West.Stephen H. Peters, Northern Michigan Univ. Lib., Marquette
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2001

    Provides Great Insight Into L&C Expedition History From Enlisted Viewpoint

    Private Joseph Whitehouse's journal provides many answers to questions ignored by L&C 'scholars' over the past three decades. For example, it gives us the only description of the iron frame boat, and the facts surrounding the slaughter of buffalo by the natives (leaving much waste). Why it has taken 35 years for the printed edition to become readily available doesn't speak much of L&C organizations. Prof. Moulton's edition is absolutely necessary for those serious about researching and reenacting the U.S. Army's Corps of Discovery.

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