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June 9, 1804

The Expedition sets out early passing Arrow Rock. The keelboat hits a snag and turns sideways to the current exposing it to logs drifting with the strong Missouri current. They camp on an island north of present Lisbon, Missouri.

the Sturn of the boat Struck a log which was not proceiveable    the Curt. Struck her bow and turn the boat against Some drift & Snags which [were] below with great force; This was a disagreeable and Dangerous Situation, particularly as immense large trees were Drifting down and we lay imediately in their Course,—    Some of our men being prepared for all Situations leaped into the water Swam ashore with a roap, and fixed themselves in Such Situations, that the boat was off in a fiew minits, I can Say with Confidence that our party is not inferior to any that was ever on the waters of the Missoppie

William Clark
Historical painting of the keelboat encountering a snag in the Missouri River

June 9, 1805

Still at Decision Point, the Captains decide correctly that the south fork is the true Missouri River. Preparations are made to bury and hide any heavy cargo that they can do without. The men prepare to make more rope for towing boats.

The Indian information also argued strongly in favour of the South fork. they informed us that the water of the Missouri was nearly transparent at the great falls, this is the case with the water of the South fork;

Meriwether Lewis
Blue sky and water and brown hills of the Missouri River

June 9, 1806

Time at Long Camp near present Kamiah, Idaho nears an end. The men trade for better horses and play games with the Nez Perce. Chief Cut Nose captures a few young eagles to raise for their feathers.

a chief we call cut nose went Some distance after young Eagles. got Several by climbing a tree by a rope. the feathers of these eagles the Indians make head dresses war like & paint them & is a great thing among them.

John Ordway
Traditional Indian war bonnet