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Detachment Orders, continued

[January 1, 1806] It shall be the duty of the Sergt. of the guard to keep the kee of the meat house, and to cause the guard to keep regular fires therein when the same may be necessary; and also once at least in 24 hours to visit the canoes and see that they are safely secured; and shall further on each morning after he is relieved, make his report verbally to the Commanding officers.

Each of the old guard will every morning after being relieved furnish two loads of wood . . . for the commanding offercers fire.

No man is to be particularly exempt from the duty of bringing meat from the woods, nor none except the Cooks and Interpreters from that of mounting guard.

Each mess being furnished with an ax, they are directed to deposit in the room of the commanding offercers all other public tools of which they are possessed; nor . . . shall the same at any time hereafter be taken from the said deposit without the knoledge and permission of the commanding officers; and any individual so borrowing the tools are strictly required to bring the same back the moment he has ceased to use them, and in no case shall they be permited to keep them out all night.

Any individual selling or disposing of any tool or iron or steel instrument, arms, accoutrements or ammunition, shall be deemed guilty of a breach of this order, and shall be tried and punished accordingly. The tools loaned to John Shields are excepted from the restrictions of this order.


Meriwether Lewis
Capt. 1st U. S. Regt.
Wm. Clark Capt. &c

The Corps' supply of trade goods being almost entirely depleted, the captains evidently considered the orders in the last two paragraphs to be necessary in order to discourage any man from stealing guns, powder, or metal tools to sell to the Indians for personal gain.

These Detachment Orders, including the paragraphs printed on the page linked to the sentinel's box outside, are the final entries in the Orderly Book. They would have been read to the men "on parade" the following morning. They clearly indicate that Lewis and Clark maintained strict military discipline at least this far on the expedition. They may also have been calculated to keep the enlisted men mindful or their obligations as soldiers, thereby to mitigate the boredom they would suffer during the three-month winter confinement.


 
From Discovering Lewis & Clark ®, http://www.lewis-clark.org © 1998-2014
by The Lewis and Clark Fort Mandan Foundation, Washburn, North Dakota.
Journal excerpts are from The Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, edited by Gary E. Moulton
13 vols. (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1983-2001)