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Lewis & Clark Online Exhibit - Corps of Discovery

corps of discovery, Lewis, Clark, and Sakakawea

"The corps consisted of forty-three men (including Captain Lewis and Captain Clarke, who were to command the expedition) part of the regular troops of the United States, and part engaged for this particular enterprize.

The day was showery and in the evening we encamped on the north bank six miles up the river. Here we had leisure to reflect on our situation, and the nature of our engagements: and, as we had all entered this service as volunteers, to consider how far we stood pledged for the success of an expedition... of much interest and high expectation."

May 14, 1804
Patrick Gass

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