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Willard is thrown from the canoe when it strikes a sawyer. While hanging on to the log, he ties sticks together and then drifts a mile down the river where Ordway picks him up. Ahead of Lewis, Clark moves to avoid the mosquitoes.

The Child of Shabono has been So much bitten by the Musquetor that his face is much puffed up & Swelled.
I encamped on this extensive Sand bar which is on the N W. Side

William Clark

Missouri River

Sand bar created by a bend in the Missouri River

about 11 oClock at night we found ourselves in a thick place of Sawyers as the corrent drawed us in and we had no chance to git out of them So we run about half way through and the Stern run under a limb of a tree and caught Willard who was in the Stern and drew him out as the current was verry rapid. he held by the limb I being in the bow of the canoe took my oar and halled the bow first one way and the other So as to clear the Sawyers and run through Safe and paddled the canoe to Shore and ran up the Shore opposite Willard & he called to me if everry thing was Safe I told him yes but he could not hear me as the water roared past the Sawyers. he told me he had made a little raft of 2 Small Sticks he caught floating and tyed them together, and tyed his cloathes on them and would Swim down through this difficult place and I run down and took out the canoe and took him in as he Swam through Safe

John Ordway

Missouri River sawyers

Tangle of cottonwood stumps on the side of the river

at 3 P. M. we arrived at the entrance of Milk river where we halted a few minutes. this stream is full at present and it's water is much the colour of that of the Missouri; it affords as much water at present as Maria's river and I have no doubt extends itself to a considerable distance North.

Meriwether Lewis

Milk River

Small muddy channel

during our halt we killed a very large rattlesnake of the speceis common to our country. it had 176 scuta on the abdomen and 25 on the tail, it's length 5 feet

Meriwether Lewis

Prairie Rattlesnake, Crotalus viridis viridis

Large snake in the grass

Photo by Roy Wood of the U.S. National Park Service.

Tonight for the first time this season I heard the small whippoorwill or goatsucker of the Missouri cry.

Meriwether Lewis

Common poorwill, Phalaenoptilus nuttallii

Painting of a small brown and small gray bird

Painting circa 1926 by Louis Agassiz Fuertes (1874-1927).