Ebenezer Tuttle

Private, U.S. Army

The First Returnee?

Private Tuttle had joined the army that same year of 1803 when Lewis and Clark arrived at his Fort Kaskaskia post to recruit volunteers. He was assigned to the return party. The only time his name appears in the journals is in the listing of Corporal Warfington's squad in the Detachment Orders dated May 26, 1804.

On June 12, 1804, they met two boats of Pierre Chouteau's fur traders heading down the Missouri. According to Pvt. Joseph Whitehouse the men gave the traders some of their wool blankets in exchange for buffalo robes and moccasins (although he didn't explain why), and the captains bought 300 pounds of buffalo grease. The captains also hired one of Chouteau's party, Pierre Dorion, to return upriver with them until they met the Sioux, among whom he had lived for 20 years, to help persuade some of their chiefs to visit President Jefferson. For some unspecified reason they sent one of their own men back to St. Louis with the trading party. Gary Moulton suggests that it might have been either Tuttle, or John Robinson.1

1. Moulton, ed., Journals, 2:520-21, 522.

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