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Sergeant Charles Floyd was once one of many first 3 males enlisted in Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery. Born round 1782 in Louisville, Kentucky, and individually recruited via William Clark, Floyd orders and stored a cautious diary of the day trip, yet just for ninety-nine days. On August 20, 1804, Floyd turned the one member of the Lewis and Clark excursion to die alongside the course, it appears succumbing to a ruptured appendix close to present-day Sioux City.This stylish quantity is the 1st facsimile variation of Floyd’s magazine. Readers will consider that they're preserving the unique magazine as they see and browse Floyd’s personal handwriting along new transcriptions. James J. Holmberg’s distinctive scholarly creation and thorough, all-new annotations hint Sergeant Floyd’s studies with Lewis and Clark, his dying, and the advance of monuments to Floyd, together with the stone obelisk that turned our nation’s first Registered nationwide old Landmark. Exploring with Lewis and Clark captures Charles Floyd’s tale and his legacy and is a treasure for a person with an curiosity in exploration and the yankee West.

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They undoubtedly wondered, Would this only be the first? Assuming Pryor kept a journal, his entries might have been particularly informative and touching, since he was not only Floyd's fellow sergeant and Kentuckian but also his first cousin. The Field brothers must have also keenly felt the loss. They had been together since the beginning and were possibly friends even before the expedition. Floyd's death certainly affected Clark. The family connection going back perhaps fifty years, knowing him before the expedition, and perhaps mentoring him as he grew into a soldier and leader on thejourney would all have caused Clark to be deeply saddened by Floyd's passing.

10. Camp Dubois, also called Camp Rwer a Dubois or Wood River, was established near the mouth of that river and the Mississippi. The exact location of the camp is debated today, and studies are being done to try to locate it. , Dear Brother, pp. 65 n-75 n. 11. Holmberg, p. 62; Moulton, 2:134,137,175,176 n, 193, 205. 12. Moulton,Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, 2:139. ) 13. Moulton, 2:17g,i88-89. 14. Moulton, 2:244. 15. Moulton, z:254-58. 16. Moulton, ~256-57. 17. Moulton, 2:257-58. 18.

They also became something of a family-even more so after the Charbonneaus joined them in 1805-caring and worrying about one another. The role Charles Floyd would have played in the entire expedition is unknown. One can expect that he would have continued as a sergeant, further maturing in that position, making an important contribution to the expedition's success and leaving a significant chronicle of his and the Corps' experience. But we will never know. By late July there were hints that all was not well with Sergeant Charles Floyd.

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