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May 14, 1804

On the afternoon of a showery day, the boats leave Camp River Dubois stopping near an island six miles up the Missouri River. Clark, Ordway, Floyd, Gass, and Whitehouse begin journaling their voyage of discovery.

Capt Clark Set out at 3 oClock P. M. for the western expedition.    one Gun fired.    a nomber of Citizens see us Start.    the party consisted of 3 Sergeants & 38 Good hands, which maned the Batteaux and two pearogue

John Ordway
Painting of the red and white perogue

May 14, 1805

Charbonneau is steering when a strong gust of wind capsizes the white pirogue. They manage to row the boat ashore and right it. The hunters flee from a wounded Grizzly before it is finally killed. The men are given grog and gill of whiskey.

the bear pursued and had very nearly overtaken them before they reached the river; two of the party betook themselves to a canoe and the others seperated an concealed themselves among the willows, reloaded their pieces, each discharged his piece at him as they had an opportunity they struck him several times again but the guns served only to direct the bear to them, in this manner he pursued two of them seperately so close that they were obliged to throw aside their guns and pouches and throw themselves into the river altho' the bank was nearly twenty feet perpendicular; so enraged was this anamal that he plunged into the river only a few feet behind the second man he had compelled take refuge in the water, when one of those who still remained on shore shot him through the head and finally killed him;

Meriwether Lewis
Painting of a grizzly bear chasing Expedition hunters

May 14, 1806

The baggage and horses are taken across the Clearwater River at present Kamiah, Idaho. The men begin to erect shelters and set up camp in an old Nez Perce settlement. They learn how the Nez Perce castrate horses.

the river is 150 yds. wide at this place and extreemly rapid. tho' it may be safely navigated at this season, as the water covers all the rocks which lie in it's bed to a considerable debth.

Meriwether Lewis
Clearwater River above Kamiah