On this day in Lewis & Clark history...
The temperature rises above 0°. Lewis and Gass have a good day hunting buffalo about 5 miles from Fort Mandan. They make shelters from the buffalo hides, and stay out overnight to keep the wolves away from the meat.
From the journals...
[Weather journal for December 9, 1804]
went hunting with a party of fifteen men killed 10 Buffaloe and 1 deer staid out all night
Bison wounded in a hunt
Painting by Karl Bodmer circa 1833.