The Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition: The journals of Joseph Whitehouse, May 14, 1804-April 2, 1806

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Meriwether Lewis, William Clark, Gary E. Moulton, Thomas W. Dunlay
U of Nebraska Press, 1983 M01 1 - 459 pages
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The University of Nebraska Press editions of The Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition are widely heralded as a lasting achievement. In all, thirteen volumes are projected, which together will provide a complete record of the expedition. Volume 11 contains the journals of expedition member Joseph Whitehouse. His journals are the only surviving account written by an army private on the expedition, and he is one of the least known of the expedition party. Following the expedition, Whitehouse had a checkered army career, and he disappeared after 1817. His capabilities have been unfairly slighted by previous commentators, despite his narrative skill and evidence that he was a man of a lively and curious mind. His extensive journal entries contribute to our understanding of the epochal journey and of the unusual group of men who undertook one of the defining events in our history. The last part of his journals was not found until 1966; this is the first publication of the complete record of his account.
 

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The only surviving journal by a private in the Lewis and Clark expedition is that of Joseph Whitehouse, which is in two versions: an original that goes to November 1805 and a fuller and longer ... Read full review

Contents

Chapter 55
1
Winter at the Knife River September 25 1804April 6 1805
85
Great Falls of the Missouri April 7July 14 1805
132
Across the Rockies July 15October 10 1805
227
Winter on the Coast October 11 1805April 2 1806
348
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Gary E. Moulton is Thomas C. Sorensen Professor of American History at the University of Nebraska and recipient of the J. Franklin Jameson Award of the American Historical Association for the editing of these journals.

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