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Lewis discovers that the horses prefer the Mandan feed of cottonwood sticks over the bran meal he had given them. Clark and his hunting party return to Fort Mandan a little after dark.

From the journals...

at night the Horse returned to his stall where his food is what seems to me a scanty allowance of wood. under these circumstances it would seem that their horses could not long exist or at least could not retain their flesh and strength, but the contrary is the fact, this valuable anamall under all those disadvantages is seldom seen meager or unfit for service.

Meriwether Lewis

Cottonwood sticks

Two small pieces of a cottonwood tree