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Because the gate was locked on his late return from Mandan village, Howard climbs over the Fort Mandan wall and is soon followed by an Indian. Lewis scolds the Indian and determines bring Howard to a court-martial for his offense.

From the journals...

Howard whom I had given permission to go the Mandane vilage returned after the gate was shut and rether than call to the guard to have it opened scaled the works    an indian who was looking on shortly after followed his example. Howard I had comitted to the care of the guard with a determineation to have him tryed by a Courtmartial for this offence. this man is an old soldier which still hightens this offince—

Meriwether Lewis

Fort Mandan pickets

Sharp pickets on a Fort Mandan wall

Photo taken with permission at Fort Mandan.