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George Gibson was born in Pennsylvania, but no record of his date of birth is known to exist. At the time of his enlistment by Captain William Clark at Clarksville, Indiana Territory, October 26, 1803, he was listed among the “Nine young men from Kentucky.” He was an experienced woodsman and a good hunter. On January 1, 1804, Clark wrote that “Several men Come from the Countrey to See us & Shoot with the men...I put up a Dollar to be Shot for, the two best Shots to. win...Gibson best.” Gibson was one of two fiddle players among the explorers. He had some sign language skills, which were of value in his mission searching for a deserter, La Liberte, who was thought to be among the Oto Indians. Gibson died of unknown causes in St. Louis in 1809.

See also The Lesser-Known Members of the Corps.