On this day in Lewis & Clark history...
Lewis leaves St. Louis to join the Expedition men who are waiting for him at St. Charles on the Missouri River. Several of the men attend a Catholic mass.
From the journals...
Sunday may 20th
This day several of our party went to the Chapel, where Mass was said by the Priest, which was a novelty to them.—
Abbé Louis Barbotin (1762-1848)
Sunday May 20th 1804
we set forward to...join my friend companion and fellow labourer Capt. William Clark...destined for the discovery of the interior of the continent of North America
Painting circa 1807 by Charles Willson Peale, alterations made my Connormah.