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Detachment orders are issued providing guidelines on how the camp should be run. Sergeant Ordway is given the responsibility to see that these orders are carried out.

The Commanding officer directs that during the absence of himself and Capt. Clark from Camp, that the party shall consider themselves under the immediate command of Sergt. Ordway, who will be held accountable for the good poliece and order of the camp during that period, and will also see the susequent parts of this order carried into effect—

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Period dinnerware

Period dinnerware on a wood table

Photo taken with permission at Fort Mandan.

The sawyers will continue their work untill they have cut the necessary quantity of plank, the quantity wanting will be determined by Pryor...

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Saw, files, planes, and shaves

Period tools for cutting and shaping wood

The Blacksmiths will also continue their work untill they have completed the [articles?] contained in the memorandam with which I have furnished them...

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Blacksmith goods

Assortment of small goods created by blacksmiths in 1804

Photo taken with permission at Fort Mandan.

Floyd will take charge of our quartes and store and be exempt from guard duty untill our return...
No man shal absent himself from camp without the knowledge and permission of Sergt. Ordway
No whiskey shall in future be delivered from the Contractor's store except for the legal ration

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Quartermaster stores

Bales and crates in a storage room at Fort Mandan

Photo taken with permission at Fort Mandan.