Of all the near-calamities the Corps of Discovery experienced, individually or collectively, none was more dire than the one that occurred on 29 June 1805 in a normally dry ravine on the south side of the Missouri River a short distance above the Great Fall. The principals were Charbonneau, Sacagawea, Jean Baptiste, York, and William Clark. Characteristically, Lewis's account of the gully-washer is more dramatic than Clark's own matter-of-fact report . . . .
Jean Baptiste Charbonneau (Pomp)
Lewis writes: "the bier in which the woman carrys her child and all it's cloaths wer swept away as they lay at her feet she having time only to grasp her child." This bier, then, is a bar or net serving to keep mosquitos from one's personal blood supply . . . .
One of the best-known episodes in the whole story of the Lewis and Clark Expedition is the surprise reunion of the party's "interpretess," Sacagawea, with her brother, Cameahwait, the "Great Chief" of the Lemhi Shoshones. It was recorded briefly and matter-of-factly by Meriwether Lewis. In artist Michael Haynes's conception of a brief and tender moment, otherwise undocumented, the proud young mother smiles broadly as if to tease little Jean Baptiste into responding similarly toward his uncle.
At four in the afternoon of July 25, 1806, Clark and his contingent of nine men, plus York, Toussaint Charbonneau, Sacagawea, and little Jean Baptiste, arrived at "a remarkable rock Situated in an extensive bottom, on the Star[boar]d. [south] Side of the river & 250 paces from it." That landmark . . . .
Clark begins: "You have been a long time with me and have conducted your Self in Such a manner as to gain my friendship . . . . As to your little Son (my boy Pomp), you well know my fondness for him and my anxiety to take and raise him as my own child." Clark repeats the offer he made verbally on August 17th . . . .