Following orders from President Thomas Jefferson, Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark set out from their wintering camp in Illinois in 1804 to search for a river passage to the Pacific Ocean. In this riveting account, editor Gary E. Moulton blends the narrative highlights of the Lewis and Clark journals so that the voices of the enlisted men and of Native peoples are heard alongside the words of the captains.
All their triumphs and terrors are here—the thrill of seeing the vast herds of bison on the plains; the tensions and admiration in the first meetings with Indian peoples; Lewis's rapture at the stunning beauty of the Great Falls; the fear the captains felt when a devastating illness befell their Shoshone interpreter, Sacagawea; the ordeal of crossing the Continental Divide; the kidnapping and rescuing of Lewis’s dog, Seaman; miserable days of cold and hunger; and Clark's joy at seeing the Pacific. The cultural differences between the corps and Native Americans make for living drama that at times provokes laughter but more often is poignant and, at least once, tragic.
|Publisher:||UNP - Nebraska|
|Product dimensions:||7.18(w) x 10.30(h) x 1.69(d)|
About the Author
Gary E. Moulton is Thomas C. Sorensen Professor of American History at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. His editing of the Lewis and Clark journals earned him the J. Franklin Jameson Award of the American Historical Association and the Outstanding Research and Creative Activity Award from the University of Nebraska.
Table of Contents
|List of Illustrations||ix|
|Members of the Permanent Party||lxv|
|Chapter 1||Expedition Underway: May 14-August 24, 1804||1|
|Chapter 2||The Middle Missouri: August 25-October 26, 1804||45|
|Chapter 3||Knife River Winter: October 27, 1804-April 6, 1805||77|
|Chapter 4||Into the Unknown: April 7-June 2, 1805||109|
|Chapter 5||Portaging the Falls: June 3-July 14, 1805||145|
|Chapter 6||Shadows of the Rockies: July 15-August 9, 1805||179|
|Chapter 7||Those Tremendous Mountains: August 10-October 10, 1805||203|
|Chapter 8||Roll On Columbia: October 11-November 14, 1805||261|
|Chapter 9||Pacific Coast Winter: November 15, 1805-March 22, 1806||287|
|Chapter 10||Homeward Bound: March 23-July 2, 1806||347|
|Chapter 11||Separation and Reunion: July 3-August 12, 1806||401|
|Chapter 12||Hurrying Home: August 13-September 23, 1806||437|