Keeping the Journals

Man in white pants and shirt writing in a journal by the light of a full moon and lamp

By Michael Haines

Each of the sergeants of the expedition was required to keep a journal recording the day's events and activities. This scene depicts a typical camp somewhere along the river in Missouri. As a few of the men enjoy the music of Pierre Cruzatte's fiddle after a long day's work, Sgt. Ordway begins writing in his journal. What a tedious chore this must have seemed to the sergeants after each exhausting day, but their diligence has given us a record that is a priceless look into their westward trek.

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