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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

Today is a fine, clear day at Fort Mandan in present North Dakota. Once again, the hunters bring in only a single deer. Larocque left the fort still wanting to join the expedition, and Ordway's hat is accidentally burned.

From the journals...

a clear morning. my hat got burnt exedantly this morning. the river raiseing one of the hunters went out a Short distance from the Fort and killed a Deer & packed it in.—

John Ordway

Two military hats at Fort Mandan

A blue wool hat with red trim on the bed post

This photo is provided as a service by the U.S. Army Center of Military History.