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a Dark Drizzley Day, G D Cought 4 Beaver last night the winds from the N W. Cold Set out early and proceeded on verry well passed a number of Sand bars, Capt Lewis killed a Porcupin on a Cotton treee fieeding on the leaves & bowers of the Said tree, the water is verry Shallow [X: in places] being Crouded with Sand bars Camped on the 〈L〉 S. Side under a Bluff.  the Bluffs on the S. S. not So much impregnated with mineral as on the L. S.  muskeetors verry troublesom—.
Killed a bluewinged teal [EC: Querquedula discors] and a Porcupine [EC: Erethizon dorsatum]; found it [the porcupine] in a Cottonwood tree near the river on the Lard. Shore— the leaves of the Cottonwood were much distroyed— as were those of the Cottonwood trees in it's neighbourhood. I therefore supposed that it fed on the folage of trees at this season, the flesh of this anamal is a pleasant and whoalsome food— the quills had not yet obtained their usual length— it has four long toes, before 〈and〉 on each foot, and the same number behind with the addition of one short one on each hind foot on the inner side. the toes of the feet are armed with long black nails particularly the fore feet— they weigh from 15 to 20 lbs— they resemble the slowth very much in the form of their hands, or fore feet. their teeth and eyes are like the bever—
Thursday 13th Sept. 1804. we Set off eairly proceeded on passed high hills on N. S. & a Bottom prarie. Some part covered with Timber Grape vines covered with ripe grapes.— pasd. a black Bluff on S. S. & Broken hills & a run of allum & copperass water.— Some Musquetoes, rainy.— G. Drewyer caught 4 Beaver in his Traps last night. myself Sergt. Pryor & Shannon walked on Shore S. S. in order to get Some plumbs in a bottom prarie. we found pleanty but they were not quite ripe. Shannon killed a porcupine. we could not git to the Boat for a willow Island which was between & Sand bars &.C. N. B. the Boat passd. Several Isds. & camped on N. S— we Camped  in a grove of cottonwood Timber. Eat one porcupine for Supper. the Musquetoes Troubled us verry much.— passd. a range of black Bluffs on S. S. &.c.
Thursday 13th. Four beaver were taken last night. We set sail early; the morning was cloudy with some rain and wind ahead; passed a creek and a long range of bluffs on the south side. Some of our men  went out to hunt; but did not return this evening. We encamped on the north side.
Thursday 13th Sept. 1804 cloudy and hard rain. G. Drewyer caught 4 beaver last night high wind, passed a creek on S. S and range of black bluffs. three of the party went out to hunt and has not returned yet. Camped on the N. S.—
Thursday Septemr 13th We started early this morning it being Cloudy and some Rain, One of our Men (G drewyer the Hunter) caught four Beaver in the Traps overnight, The wind blew hard. we passed 〈the〉 a Creek, lying on the South side of the River, and a range of black bluffs, Captain Clark & the two Men who went hunting Yesterday,  had not yet return'd We proceeded on, and encamped on the North side of the River
1. The courses and distances for September 13, 1804, on the reverse of document 53 of the Field Notes are written over a sketch map of part of the Missouri River (fig. 2). Though there are no names, it appears to show the river between the camps of September 8 and 9. See Atlas maps 19, 20. This area in Charles Mix and Gregory counties, South Dakota, is now inundated by Fort Randall Reservoir. (Return to text.)
3. In Brule County, South Dakota. Atlas maps 20, 21, 22; MRC map 36. (Return to text.)
4. This portion of the Pierre Shale has less gypsum and other minerals. (Return to text.)
6. Ordway and his group camped in Lyman County, South Dakota, while the main party stayed on the opposite shore in Brule County. (Return to text.)
7. Sergeants Ordway and Pryor, and Shannon. (Return to text.)
8. Apparently Whitehouse wrote this entry on the next day; Ordway, Pryor, and Shannon went out hunting this day, September 13, and did not return until the next day. See Ordway's entries for those dates. (Return to text.)
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