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Missouri River bottoms, Knife River area (North Dakota)

Missouri River bottoms, Knife River area (North Dakota)

25th December Christmass Tuesday [1804]

"I was awakened before Day by a discharge of 3 platoons from the Party and the french, the men merrily Disposed, I give them all a little Taffia [rum or spirits] and permited 3 Cannon fired, at raising Our flag, Some men went out to hunt & the Others to Danceing and Continued untill 9 oClock P,M, when the frolick ended &c."

William Clark

Here "platoon" is used in its old sense of volleys, or a group of men firing in unison.

The above quote is taken directly from the Gary Moulton, University of Nebraska version of the Lewis and Clark Journals.

 
 
 

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1843 letter

The Museum of Westward Expansion at the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial contains over 150 quotes from diaries, journals, letters and speeches. The designers of the museum felt the actual words of nineteenth century pioneers were the most powerful way to tell their story. Click to learn more. More...