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Enlisted Men of the Expedition

These profiles of members of the Lewis and Clark Expedition were written as though each individual was talking directly to you. The time would be May 13, 1804 at the expedition's camp on the Wood River in Illinois. The following day the Corps of Discovery embarked on their incredible journey. In each case there is a "P.S." which tells you what happened (if it is known what happened) to each of these people after the expedition was over.

Sgt. Charles Floyd Pvt. François Labiche*
Sgt. Patrick Gass* Pvt. Jean Baptiste Lepage*
Sgt. John Ordway* Pvt. Hugh McNeal*
Sgt. Nathaniel Hale Pryor* Pvt. John Newman
Cpl. Richard Warfington Pvt. John Potts*
Pvt. John Boley Pvt. Moses B. Reed
Pvt. William E. Bratton* Pvt. John Robertson
Pvt. John Collins* Pvt. George Shannon*
Pvt. John Colter* Pvt. John Shields*
Pvt. Pierre Cruzatte* Pvt. John B. Thompson*
Pvt. John Dame Pvt. Ebenezer Tuttle
Pvt. Joseph Field* Pvt. Peter M. Weiser*
Pvt. Reubin Field* Pvt. William Werner*
Pvt. Robert Frazer* Pvt. Isaac White
Pvt. George Gibson* Pvt. Joseph Whitehouse*
Pvt. Silas Goodrich* Pvt. Alexander Hamilton Willard*
Pvt. Hugh Hall* Pvt. Richard Windsor*
Pvt. Thomas Proctor Howard* * indicates those who made the round trip


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Drawing of Dred Scott from Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, 1857

In 1846, a slave named Dred Scott sued for his freedom at the St. Louis Courthouse. His case went all the way to the Supreme Court, where the verdict set the stage for the Civil War. Today, the Old Courthouse is part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. Click to learn more about Dred Scott. More...