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The following day, he had sad news to record in his journal: “Sgt. Floyd died with a great deal of composure; before his death he Said to me, ‘I am going away. ’” Floyd’s “bilious colic” was in all likelihood a ruptured appendix, a condition that was untreatable in the early 19th century, even by skilled doctors. ” He was just 22 years old when he died. He was buried with full military honors on a hill overlooking the Missouri River in present-day Sioux City, Iowa. The men called it “Floyd’s Bluff,” the name by which it is still known.

4 Sergeants, 3 Intptrs. [Interpreters], 22 Amns [Americans]. 9 or 10 French, & York also 1 Corpl. & Six in a perogue. . ” One of the “Capts,” Meriwether Lewis, was in St. Louis, so he was not on board with the rest of the men when they set sail up the Missouri on May 14. “Intptr” George Drouillard was also away on an errand, and the other two interpreters on Clark’s list may have been men who had arranged to join the expedition a few days later. Lewis, Clark, the three sergeants—Ordway, Floyd, and Pryor (Clark’s “4 Sergeants” seems to have been a slip of the pen)—along with the 22 “Amns” (Americans), the three interpreters, and Clark’s black servant York—31 men all told—constituted the expedition’s permanent party, the men who were intended to go all the way to the Pacific and back.

But fall was coming on, and he still had 1,100 miles to travel by river just to reach the mouth of the Missouri. Finally, on August 31, Lewis and his crew of 10 or possibly 11 men (the seven soldiers, two or This sketch, made by Clark, illustrates the 55-foot-long keelboat designed by Lewis and modified by Clark. (Yale Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library) Preparing the Way possibly three new recruits, and a pilot who was to help them navigate the Falls of the Ohio) set off down the Ohio River.

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