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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

The day is spent loading the keelboat in preparation for their departure up the Missouri River. Colter brings Clark's commission as a second lieutenant and a letter from Lewis indicating that Clark will act as Captain in rank and pay.

From the journals...

I Load the boat all day, a fair Day
Sent Sjt. Ordway with a perogue to St Louis after Colter

William Clark

Loaded keelboat deck

Upper deck of a keelboat loaded with sails and provisions

Photo created by Ammodramus who has released it to the public domain.