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Lewis and Clark leave Fort Massac late in the day descending the Ohio River about 3 miles. The evening brings a hard rain, and Lewis suffers from symptoms of malaria—chills and fevers.

From the journals...

raind very hard in the eving and I was siezed with a violent ague which continued about four hours and as is usual was succeeded by a feever which however fortunately abated in some measure by sunrise the next morning

Meriwether Lewis

Fort Massac on the Ohio

Historical sketch of the Ohio river at Fort Massac

Pencil on paper sketch by Karl Bodmer circa 1833.