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Private Thomas Proctor Howard

Drawing of Thomas Proctor Howard
Sketch copyright by Michael Haynes.
P.S. I was the last man on the expedition to get into trouble and be court-martialed. On February 9, 1805 I climbed the wall of Fort Mandan because I got back to camp too late and the doors were locked. Because some of the Indians saw me, they knew they could get into the fort without using the door, and made security difficult. I was sentenced to 50 lashes, but the captains forgave me and didn't whip me. I died about 1818.

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Dinosaur cartoon

On September 10, 1804 on Cedar Island, in South Dakota, William Clark discovered the fossilized remains of the ribs, backbone and teeth of a plesiosaur. Plesiosaurs were animals who lived at the same time as the dinosaurs, but swam rather than walking on land. Clark thought it was a giant fish bone! More...