Documenting Lewis and Clark – 1806, The Return Home
28: Lewis, Drouillard, Rueben And Joseph Field Rejoin Sergeant Ordway At The
Falls Of The Missouri.
Meriwether Lewis: This morning proved fair, I slept sound but fortunately awoke as day appeared, I awaked the men and directed the horses to be saddled, I was so soar from my ride yesterday that I could scarcely stand, and the men complained of being in a similar situation however I encouraged them by telling them that our own lives as well as those of our friends and fellow travellers depended on our exertions at this moment; . . .. being within five miles of the grog spring we heared the report of several rifles very distinctly on the river to our right, we quickly repared to this joyfull sound and on arriving at the bank of the river had the unspeakable satisfaction to see our canoes coming down.(Moulton, Vol. 8, p. 137-138)
John Ordway: . . . about 9 A.M. we discovred on a high bank a head Capt. Lewis & the three men who went with him on horse back comming towards us on N. Side we came too Shore and fired the Swivell to Salute him & party we saluted them also with Small arms and rejoiced to See them . . ..(Moulton, Vol. 9, p. 341)
Patrick Gass: . . . about one o'clock came to the point at the mouth of Maria's river, where we met with the party who had come down from the falls by water, and who had just arrived; and also unexpectedly with Captain Lewis and the three men who had gone with him. They had joined the party descending the river this forenoon, after riding one hundred and twenty miles since yesterday morning, when they had a skirmish with a party of the Prairie Grossventres, or Bigbellied Indians who inhabit the plains up Maria's river . . . ..(Moulton, Vol. 10, p. 259)
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