Private Hugh McNeal

Drawing of Hugh McNeal

Sketch copyright by Michael Haynes.

P.S. I was with Captain Lewis when he first reached the Continental Divide in 1805 at Lemhi Pass. I was so happy to see the trickling stream that was the headwaters of the Missouri River that I jumped up and down for joy and straddled the little trickle. I felt that I had finally conquered that mighty river after following it for over a thousand miles. Nothing is known of my life after the expedition, and I died sometime before 1828.

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