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Four men are sent to retrieve cached meat. About 25 miles from the fort, a band of Indians steals their horses. They return to the fort very late in the evening, and Lewis organizes 20 men to set out in pursuit.

From the journals...

Four men set out early with the horses and sleds to bring home our meat; and had gone down about 25 miles when a party of Indians (they did not know of what nation) came upon them and robbed them of their horses one of which they gave back, and went off without doing the men any further injury. The same night the men came back and gave information of what had happened. At midnight Captain Lewis called for twenty volunteers who immediately turned out.

Patrick Gass

Wahk-Tä-Ge-Li, a Sioux Warrior

Historic painting of a Sioux warrior with battle axe and bison robe

Painting by Karl Bodmer circa 1833.