Lewis and Clark
Journal Summary 21: Dates July 28, 1806 - August 13, 1806
is a summary of the journal entries made by Lewis and Clark.
Dates: July 28, 1806 - August 13, 1806
Lewis is Shot
and the Corps of Discovery Reunites
July 28, 1806
Lewis arrived at the Missouri and met with the members of
their party that they had left at the great falls to descend
the river in the canoes. They removed their belongings from
the horses and proceeded in the canoes. They visited several
of the caches that they had made on the way up the river
and managed to recover some of their goods. Their main cache
had collapsed resulting in the loss of many items, including
furs. They went over to the point where they has hidden
a pirogue and found that it had decayed beyond the point
of repair. They stripped it of its nails and other ironwork,
and left it behind. They carried on with 5 canoes and 1
Having no proper shelter, Lewis slept in the wet all night.
It continued to rain during the day as they made rapid progress
in the Missouri’s strong current. The river water was becoming
hard to drink as the large amount of rainfall caused sand
and mud to be washed into it from the plains. Clark encountered
similar problems with the water and also noted that it was
warm. Hunting was getting easier with the animal numbers
increasing, and the meat quality was improving. The hunting
also supplied them with a good stock of animal skins.
Lewis and his party came across some Indian lodges which,
along with some elk skins, gave them decent shelter from
the rain. It was the 1st August before the weather was fair
enough for the party to dry out their belongings, and 3rd
August before Clark’s party could dry theirs. Most of the
meat and many of the skins that Clark had stored were spoiled
by being wet for so long.
August 04, 1806
Clark’s party was plagued with mosquitoes, so he took the
decision to pack up and move further down the river. He
left a note for Lewis to inform him of his decision.
Lewis and his party arrived at the site where Clark had
left the note on 4th August. After reading it, Lewis decided
to set off immediately for Clark’s new camp. They passed
a point where they saw that Clark’s party had recently been
and traveled on until dark without catching up with them.
On 8th August Lewis found a suitable place to camp while
the canoes and pirogue were repaired and the men were able
to make new clothes from the skins they had collected. On
the same day the men Clark had sent off with the horses
on 24th July arrived at Clark’s camp. They’d been forced
to build and use canoes to finish their journey as the horses
had been stolen by Indians while they slept.
Lewis resumed his journey as the rain had returned and hampered
the skin dressing. Meanwhile Clark and his party were hunting
and collecting skins to use in trade with the Mandan Indians.
August 11, 1806
Lewis was out hunting with one of his men when he was shot
in the thigh. Luckily the shot passed through his leg without
hitting bone or artery. He suspected it was his hunting
partner Pierre Crusat mistaking him for an elk because of
the clothes he was wearing, although Pierre Crusat, who
was near sighted and only had the use of one eye, denied
it. Clark’s party saw a canoe on the river bank so pulled
over to investigate. It turned out to be the camp of two
trappers from Illinois. The following day Lewis also met
the trappers who told him of their meeting with Clark.
August 12, 1806
At 1pm the expedition
members were reunited when Lewis finally caught up with