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Clark Field Notes--Keelboat  William Clark Field Notes, 1804, page showing keelboat
"Clark Field Notes--Keelboat" William Clark Field Notes, 1804, page showing keelboat

The following journal excerpts were compiled by Florentine Films in preparation for the making of “Lewis and Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery.” The excerpts – drawn from the separate, more extensive journals of Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, Sergeants Charles Floyd, Patrick Gass, and John Ordway, and Private Joseph Whitehouse – were then put together in chronological order. Altogether, the entries of these seven Corps members span March 3, 1804, to September 26, 1806, totalling more than 140,000 words.

Because the journal writers did not use consistent spelling – the word “mosquito” is spelled in the journals at least 15 different ways – the journal excerpts are not searchable by keyword. However, you can search them by author, date and year. Or, if you’d simply like a good read, you can browse through them in their entirety.

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