Wheel Boats on the Missouri

Wheel Boats on the Missouri

by Richard Jensen
     
 

In 1824 Brig. Gen. Henry Atkinson and Indian Agent Benjamin O'Fallon traveled up the Missouri River, along with 475 soldiers of the First and Sixth Infantry regiments. Their mission: to negotiate peace treaties with tribes along the Missouri River and to secure their promise to trade exclusively with American citizens. It was hoped this combination of military… See more details below

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In 1824 Brig. Gen. Henry Atkinson and Indian Agent Benjamin O'Fallon traveled up the Missouri River, along with 475 soldiers of the First and Sixth Infantry regiments. Their mission: to negotiate peace treaties with tribes along the Missouri River and to secure their promise to trade exclusively with American citizens. It was hoped this combination of military power and proffered friendship would put an end to the Indian attacks on American fur trappers and traders. The full record of this early military expedition is now available. The diaries of General Atkinson and Maj. Stephen Watts Kearny describe the trip from St. Louis to Fort Atkinson in the fall of 1824, the expedition from the fort to the Yellowstone River and back in 1825, and the return of a portion of troops to St. Louis in 1826, while the diary of Angus Lewis Langham, the expedition's secretary, describes the passage of the wheel boat Antelope from St. Louis to Fort Atkinson in early spring of 1825.

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In the wake of the Lewis and Clark expedition, US president James Monroe in 1824 directed Brigadier General Henry Atkinson and Indian Agent Benjamin O'Fallon to negotiate peace treaties with tribes along the Missouri River. To impress the natives and make a military show against Canadian and British fur trading interests, they took some 475 soldiers in man-powered side-wheel boats. Atkinson's journal was first published in 1929; Maj. Stephen Watts Kearny's journal (which is also included in this book) had never been published before now. Jensen (a research anthropologist) and Hutchins (retired from the Smithsonian Institute) have included an introduction and supporting material. The book is co-published by the Montana Historical Society Press and the Nebraska State Historical Society. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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ISBN-13:
9780917298691
Publisher:
Montana Historical Society Press
Publication date:
07/28/2001
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
276
Product dimensions:
6.24(w) x 9.29(h) x 0.96(d)

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