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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

The men start laying the foundations of Fort Mandan on a fine morning. Jean Baptiste LePage, who was previously staying at the Mandan villages, joins the Expedition replacing Private Newman. Six hunters set out in a pirogue.

From the journals...

this Evening, being very cold, the Officers had some Whiskey served out to the Men that was on the March which revived them much, & they all Retired to their Huts.

Joseph Whitehouse


Gill: a small silver-colored goblet

This gill is displayed at the Discover Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, Washburn, North Dakota.