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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

Today is a fine, warm day at Fort Mandan. One man suffers from pleurisy—a painful inflammation often resulting in pneumonia. As a cure, he is bled.

From the journals...

A pleasant day and all hands employed in cutting wood, to make charcoal. We have a blacksmith with us, and a small set of blacksmith tools. The blacksmith makes war-axes, and other axes to cut wood; which are exchanged with the natives for corn, which is of great service to us as we could not bring much with us.

Patrick Gass

Work and war axes

Small, plain tomahawk hatchet and a Missouri war axe