Lewis and Clark
Journal Summary 9: Dates August 30, 1805 - October 6, 1805
is a summary of the journal entries made by Lewis and Clark.
Dates: August 30, 1805 - October 6, 1805
The Horses Struggle
and a Change of Diet Leads to Illness
August 30, 1805
Lewis and Clark resumed their journey but the expedition
soon encountered difficulties. They had to cut a route through
thickets and negotiated very steep rocky hills where several
of their horses slipped and some fell. The temperature was
dropping and snow was falling.
Lewis and Clark entered
a valley where some Flathead Indians were camped. They purchased
some horses from them and stayed the night before resuming
Three Flathead Indians were brought to the camp by one of
the hunters. They were in pursuit of some other Indians
who had stolen horses from them. One of them agreed to guide
Lewis and Clark to their residence in the plain below the
mountains on the Columbia River. He said that it was possible
to navigate the river from that point to the sea.
When the expedition was delayed by some horses escaping,
the Flathead Indian decided to go on ahead. They continued
their journey, over mountains and through valleys, losing
the use of several horses as they became injured from falling
down hills. They began to struggle to find meat and had
to kill some of their horses for food.
Clark took a small party ahead of the main expedition to
hunt for food.
Lewis recorded that several
of the expedition members were suffering with dysentery.
A few days later, Lewis met up with Clark at an Indian settlement.
Meriwether Lewis and some of the other men had been unwell
for several days. Clark directed the able bodied men to
build 5 canoes.
October 2, 1805
The ill men were beginning
to recover and Clark had another horse killed for food.
The only other food available was dried fish and dried roots
which were causing stomach problems.
October 6, 1805
The canoes were finished
on and William Clark became unwell.