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After a cold, rainy morning, the Expedition waits for the wind to subside before heading up the Missouri below present Forest City. They discover that mice are eating their corn, paper, and cloth. Lewis adds specimens to his herbarium.

examoned our Stores & goods, Several bags Cut by the mice and Corn Scattered, Some of our Cloth also cut by them also papers &c. &c

William Clark

Deer Mouse, Peromyscus maniculatus

Small deer mouse looking at the camera

Photo created by the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Radix perennial 3 to 8 stalks as high as the specimen growth of the high sides of the Bluff

Meriwether Lewis

Pasture sagewort, Artemisia frigida

Slender stalk of a small-leaved sage

Photo ©2008 Franz Xaver. Downloaded from Wikimedia and used with permission of the Creative Commons 3.0 License.

flavor like the chamomile radix perennial growth of the high bluffs

Meriwether Lewis

Long-leaved sagewort, Artemisia longifolia

Long sage leaves, green and fuzzy

Photo ©Matt Lavin. Downloaded from Wikimedia and used with permission of the Creative Commons 2.0 License.