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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

The men stay dry in St. Charles homes through the morning rain. At 10am, the party is collected, and they paddle to Fort Bellefontaine where the artillerists, known personally by many of the Expedition, provide a gun salute of 17 rounds.

From the journals...

we moovd. a short distance below and Camped, the Company of Artillery who lay at this fort fired 17 Rounds with the field peaces    a number of these Soldiers are aquaintances of ours &C.

John Ordway

Northwest Company Post

Replica of a log cabin fort

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