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After a skirmish in which at least one Blackfoot is killed, Lewis gallops across the plains towards Decision Point. Gass and Ordway also depart for Decision Point. On the Yellowstone, Clark sees large herds of buffalo and elk.

R Fields as he seized his gun stabed the indian to the heart with his knife    the fellow ran about 15 steps and fell dead

Meriwether Lewis

Two Medicine River

Painting of Reuben Fields stabbing a Blackfoot Indian

Painting previously located in Southern Hills Mall, Sioux City, Iowa and created by by Split Rock Studios.

having ascended the hill we took our course through a beatiful level plain a little to the S of East. my design was to hasten to the entrance of Maria's river as quick as possible in the hope of meeting with the canoes and party at that place having no doubt but that they would pursue us with a large party...no time was therefore to be lost and we pushed our horses as hard as they would bear.

Meriwether Lewis

Plains above the Marias River

Endless plains with deep gullies

at 8 miles we passed a large branch 40 yds. wide which I called battle river.

Meriwether Lewis

Birch Creek

Small creek with high bluffs for banks

at 3 P. M. we arrived at rose river about 5 miles above where we had passed it as we went out, having traveled by my estimate compared with our former distances and couses about 63 ms.
here we halted an hour and a half took some refreshment and suffered our horses to graize

Meriwether Lewis

Near the Teton River

Green, wet area between very dry hills

the yound stone which is mixed with the Sand and formes bars is much Smaller than they appeared from above the bighorn, and may here be termed Gravel.

William Clark

Yellowstone River bank near Hammond, Montana

Gravel deposits in limestone depressions

low and exteneive and Covered with timber near the river such as Cotton wood willow of the different Species rose bushes and Grapevines together with the red berry or Buffalow Grees bushes & a species of shoemake with dark brown

William Clark

Aromatic sumac, Rhus aromatica

Large bush with red berries

USDA, NRCS. 2011. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 4 April 2011). National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.

In a fine clear pleasant morning, myself and one of the men crossed the river with the horses, in order to go by land to the mouth of Maria's river: the rest of the party here are to go by water.

Patrick Gass

Missouri River below Lower Portage Camp

Wide and shallow river in the early morning light

we halled out the white perogue out of the bushes and repaired hir. about 12 we loaded and Set out with the white perogue and the 5 canoes. procd. on down the rapid water fast.

John Ordway

Rapids below Lower Portage Camp

Wide and shallow river with small rapids