Lewis and Clark
Journal Summary 23: Dates September 1, 1806 - September
is a summary of the journal entries made by Lewis and Clark.
Dates: September 1, 1806 - September 23, 1806
The Lewis and
Clark Expedition Concludes
Lewis and Clark came across a few more Indians but found
that they were Yankton Indians who were friendly towards
them. After smoking with them, the corps of Discovery continued
down the river and landed at the spot they had landed on
2 years earlier on the 1st September 1804. The old flag
pole they’d left there was still standing.
Lewis and Clark met Mr.
James Aird, a Scotsman who traded as an America Citizen.
He informed them of some of the things that had happened
in America since they had set out on their journey. They
bought some tobacco from him.
They arrived at the grave of Sergeant Charles Floyd. It
had been disturbed and left only half covered. They completely
covered the grave before moving on. On the 6th September
they met another trader. They purchased a gallon of whiskey
and gave a dram to each man. On 9th September William Clark
wrote in his journal that Meriwether Lewis had made a complete
recovery from his wound, and that the expedition members
were becoming increasingly anxious to get to their country
The expedition passed several more traders including Joseph
Gravelines who had previously acted as interpreter and had
been sent back to President Jefferson with an Arikara Chief.
Unfortunately the Chief had died while in Washington, and
Gravelines was returning to the Arikaras with a speech and
some gifts from the President. He had also been instructed
to enquire about Lewis and Clark.
To their great relief, the Corps of Discovery were no longer
plagued by the mosqitoes that had been so abundant in the
upper parts of the rivers.
Lewis and Clark met with a Robert McClellan on the 12th
September and a John McClellan on the 17th. One of these
men informed them that the American public had given them
up for dead and that they were all but forgotten, although
the President had not yet given up hope. Sergeant Ordway
recorded in his journal on the 12th that it was Robert McClellan,
while William Clark recorded in his journal on the 17th
that it was John McClellan.
The party arrived at St. Charles, Missouri. They were met
by a large number of the inhabitants who were delighted
to see them. They were invited to the homes of several of
The Corps of Discovery
finally landed in St. Louis, Missouri having been gone for
2 years, 4 months and 10 days.