On this day in Lewis & Clark history...
Lewis spends the night in a buffalo hide tent with only a blanket for bedding. Ordway is surprised how quickly the temperature can drop below 0°. As Fort Mandan's sergeant of the guard, he reduces duty to 1 hour and issues wool coats.
From the journals...
10th Monday Decr. 1804 Fort Mandan
Capt Lewis had a Cold Disagreeable night last in the Snow on a Cold point with one Small Blankett
Three point trade blanket
Monday 10th Decr 1804.
the weather Gits colder verry fast So that the Sentinel had to be relieved every hour.
Blanket cappoes provided for each man who Stood in need of them &.C.
Capote (blanket coat)
Historical interpreters provided by the Pacific Northwest Living Historians at Lewis and Clark National Historic Park, Fort Clatsop.