May 24, 1804
The men struggle against hard currents and shifting sands. The keelboat grounds on sand and its tow rope breaks. At one point they must head down the Missouri 2 miles and try again. They name today's camp Retrograde Bend.
The Swiftness of the Current wheeled the boat, Broke our Toe rope, and was nearly over Setting the boat, all hand Jumped out on the upper Side and bore on that Side untill the Sand washed from under the boat and wheeled on the next bank && by the time She wheeled a 3rd Time got a rope fast to her Stern and by the means of Swimmers was Carred to Shore and when her Stern was down whilst in the act of Swinging a third time into Deep water near the Shore
May 24, 1805
After an icy morning, a tail wind enables the Expedition to sail 25 miles up the Missouri. The cottonwood trees lose their leaves from the recent frosts. Game becomes harder to find. They camp west of the US Highway 191 bridge in Montana.
a Cold night the water in the Small vestles frosed 1/8 of an inch thick, and the thermometer Stood this morning at the freesing point. we Set out at an early hour and proceeded on
May 24, 1806
At Long Camp, the Captains attend to medical needs. Bratton, barely able to walk, is treated with sweats and horse mint tea. Jean Baptiste's swelling increases while his fever is reduced. An old Nez Perce chief is also treated.
The child was very restless last night its jaw and the back of its neck are much more Swelled than it was yesterday.
I gave it a dost of Creme of Tartar and applyed a fresh Poltice of Onions.
this day has proved warmer than any of the preceeding since we have arrived here.—