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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

Despite the bitter cold, several men leave Fort Mandan. Buffalo meat is hauled to the fort in sleds. Ordway sends two men from his mess—an army squad that eats together—to buy corn and beans from the nearby Mandan village.

From the journals...

2 of my mess went up to the 1st village of the Mandans to day and bought Some corn and beans with a little paint and a fiew rings &.C.

John Ordway

Corn, squash, and beans

Indian corn, beans, and squash

Photo taken with permission at Fort Mandan.