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August 6, 1804

The men endure a violent storm during the night, and then set out early rowing 20½ miles up the Missouri. They pass Soldier's Creek camping near the present Soldier Bend Wildlife Area in Iowa.

We have every reason to belive that one man has Deserted Moses B: Reed   he has been absent three Days and one french man we Sent to the Indian Camps has not joined us, we have reasons to beleve he lost himself in attempting to join us at the Council Bluff— we are deturmind to Send back 4 men to take reede Dead or alive, also hunt La Liberty and to meet us at the Mahar nation as Soon as the order is executed.

William Clark
Red clay jar with holes for ink and quills

August 6, 1805

Drouillard finds Clark, and they turn back down the Big Hole River. One canoe rolls over hurting Whitehouse. A knapsack full of clothes, a powder horn, and other cargo are wet or lost. They join Lewis at the Jefferson River.

to examine, dry and arrange our stores was the first object; we therefore passed over to the lard. side opposite to the entrance of the rapid fork where there was a large gravly bar that answered our purposes; wood was also convenient and plenty. here we fixed our camp, and unloaded all our canoes and opened and exposed to dry such articles as had been wet.

Meriwether Lewis
Rocky bars and shallow waters of the Big Hole River

August 6, 1806

Clark, near present Williston, North Dakota, and Lewis, about 100 miles to the west, endure a violent storm during the night. Both groups dry out, and then move down the Missouri River.

we set out early this morning and decended the river about 10 miles below Porcupine river when the wind became so violent that I laid by untill 4 P. M.
in the evening we Camped at a large bottom S. Side

Meriwether Lewis
Cloudy day reflected in a slow moving river