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Lewis issues detachment orders for the duties of each mess (group) for cooking, camping, and managing their respective boats. They travel about ten miles up the Missouri River camping near present Berger, Missouri.

From the journals...

when the Batteaux is under way, one Sergt. shall be stationed at the helm, one in the center on the rear of the Starboard locker, and one at the bow. The Sergt. at the helm, shall steer the boat, and see that the baggage on the quarterdeck is properly arranged and stowed away

Meriwether Lewis

Keelboat

Officers, seargants, and privates dressed in period uniforms on a keelboat

This photo is provided as a service by the U.S. Army Center of Military History.