Journals of Lewis and Clark: Dates February 1805 - Part Four
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Dates: February 22, 1805 - February 28, 1805


This article provides interesting facts about their historic journey taken from the Journals of Lewis and Clark dates February 22, 1805 - February 28, 1805.

Lewis and cClark Expedition: Jounal Dates February 22, 1805 - February 28, 1805

The Journals of Lewis and Clark: Dates February 1805

The Journals of Lewis and Clark: Dates February 22, 1805 - February 28, 1805
The following excerpts are taken from entries of the Journals of Lewis and Clark. Dates: February 22, 1805 - February 28, 1805

February 22, 1805
Friday, 22nd. The morning was cloudy and a little snow fell, but in the afternoon the weather became fair. We were visited by a number of Indians, among whom was Shotawhorora, a chief of much consideration among the Mandan, although by birth a Ricara.

February 23, 1805
Saturday, 23d. The day is warm and pleasant. Having worked industriously yesterday and all this morning we were enabled to disengage one of the pirogues and haul it on shore, and also nearly to cut out the second. The father of the boy whose foot had been so badly frozen, and whom we had now cured, came to-day and carried him home in a sleigh.

February 24, 1805
Sunday, 24th. The weather is again fine. We succeeded in loosening the second pirogue and barge, though we found a leak in the latter. The whole of the next day,

February 25, 1805
Monday, 25th, we were occupied in drawing up the boats on the bank: the smallest one we carried there with no difficulty, but the barge was too heavy for our elk-skin ropes which constantly broke. We were visited by Orupsehara, or Black Moccasin, and several other chiefs, who brought us presents of meat on the backs of their squaws, and one of the Minnetarees requested and obtained permission for himself and his two wives to remain all night in the fort. The day was exceedingly pleasant.

February 26, 1805
Tuesday 26. The weather is again fine. By great labor during the day we got all the boats on the bank by sunset, an operation which attracted a great number of Indians to the fort.

February 27, 1805
Wednesday 27. The weather continues fine. All of us employed in preparing tools to build boats for our voyage, as we find that small pirogues will be much more convenient than the barge in ascending the Missouri.

February 28, 1805
Thursday 28. The day is clear and pleasant. Sixteen men were sent out to examine the country for trees suitable for boats, and were successful in finding them. Two of the N.W. company traders arrived with letters; they had likewise a root which is used for the cure of persons bitten by mad dogs, snakes, and other venomous animals: it is found on high grounds and the sides of hills, and the mode of using it is to scarify the wound, and apply to it an inch or more of the chewed or pounded root, which is to be renewed twice a day; the patient must not however chew or swallow any of the root, as an inward application might be rather injurious than beneficial.

Mr. Gravelines with two Frenchmen and two Indians arrived from the Ricara nation, with letters from Mr. Anthony Tabeau. This last gentleman informs us that the Ricaras express their determination to follow our advice, and to remain at peace with the Mandans and Minnetarees, whom they are desirous of visiting; they also wish to know whether these nations would permit the Ricaras to settle near them, and form a league against their common enemies the Sioux. On mentioning this to the Mandans they agreed to it, observing that they always desired to cultivate friendship with the Ricaras, and that the Ahnahaways and Minnetarees have the same friendly views.

Mr. Gravelines states that the band of Tetons whom we had seen was well disposed to us, owing to the influence of their chief the Black buffalo; but that the three upper bands of Tetons, with the Sisatoons, and the Yanktons of the north, mean soon to attack the Indians in this quarter, with a resolution to put to death every white man they encounter. Moreover, that Mr. Cameron of St. Peter's has armed the Sioux against the Chippeways, who have lately put to death three of his men. The men who had stolen our horses we found to be all Sioux, who after committing the outrage went to the Ricara villages, where they said that they had hesitated about killing our men who were with the horses, but that in future they would put to death any of us they could, as we were bad medicines and deserved to be killed. The Ricaras were displeased at their conduct and refused to give them any thing to eat, which is deemed the greatest act of hostility short of actual violence.

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