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Private Pierre Cruzatte

Drawing of Pierre Cruzatte
Sketch copyright by Michael Haynes.
 
P.S. I entertained the men of the expedition with my fiddle playing in the evenings. My skills as a boatman helped everyone, and sometimes I was an interpreter with Indian tribes we met. On the way back from the expedition, I was out hunting with Captain Lewis, and saw a deer just a few yards away. Well, I thought it was a deer, I really did. Anyway, it is hard for a man with eyesight as bad as mine to see the difference between a man and a deer sometimes. Anyway, I accidentally shot poor Captain Lewis, making it very difficult for him to sit down for many weeks. I was so sorry to be the cause of such pain to him. I later served with fur traders, and was killed by Indians before 1828.
 

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Cartoon fiddle

Pierre Cruzatte and George Gibson brought their fiddles along on the Lewis and Clark expedition. Their music entertained the group on many evenings. Click here to learn more about Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery. More...