The Journals of the Lewis & Clark Expedition: The Journals of John Ordway, May 14, 1804-September 23, 1806, and Charles Floyd, May 14-August 18, 1804 - Vol. 9

The Journals of the Lewis & Clark Expedition: The Journals of John Ordway, May 14, 1804-September 23, 1806, and Charles Floyd, May 14-August 18, 1804 - Vol. 9

The Journals of the Lewis & Clark Expedition: The Journals of John Ordway, May 14, 1804-September 23, 1806, and Charles Floyd, May 14-August 18, 1804 - Vol. 9

The Journals of the Lewis & Clark Expedition: The Journals of John Ordway, May 14, 1804-September 23, 1806, and Charles Floyd, May 14-August 18, 1804 - Vol. 9

Synopsis

The bulk of this volume contains the fullest of the enlisted men's records, the journal of John Ordway. As senior sergeant, Ordway was in command when the captains were absent from the main body of the expedition. He was also the sole member of the party never to miss a day in his journal; for several portions of the crossing, his is the only extant account. Ordway's journal has never before been published with the other records of the venture.

Excerpt

This volume and the two to follow rely largely on the editorial work of previous books in this edition. Therefore, the editorial notes and supporting material in these three books owe a debt to former consultants and friends of the project. Here again we extend our great appreciation to the unselfish work of these generous people.

Nevertheless, we have several persons to thank specifically for help with this volume. The journal of Sergeant John Ordway is located at the American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia, where the project received the able assistance of Beth Carroll- Horrocks, Martin L. Levitt, Martha Harrison, Roy E. Goodman, and Edward C. Carter II. At the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Madison, we were aided with the journal of Sergeant Charles Floyd by Josephine L. Harper and Harry Miller. Closer to home, help came from John R. Wunder, Linda J. Ratcliffe, and Sharon Bays of the Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska--Lincoln, and Thomas W. Dunlay and Doris VanSchooten of the project.

Scholars again provided advice in their respective disciplines. BOTANY: A. T. Harrison, Westminster College, Salt Lake City, and Robert B. Kaul, University of Nebraska--Lincoln. ETHNOLOGY: John Ludwickson, Nebraska State Historical Society, Lincoln. LINGUISTIC: American Indian linguistic data in the notes were collected by Raymond J. DeMallie, Indiana University, and were provided by himself and by the following persons: Shoshone. Wick R. Miller, University of Utah, and Christopher Loether, Idaho State University. TOOLS: Michael E. Dotson, Brookston, Indiana.

The project received financial support from Samuel H. Douglas III (Whittier, California), Nelson S. Weller (Piedmont, California), the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, an independent federal agency.

We extend our sincerest appreciation to all these individuals but must ourselves carry blame for any deficiencies in the present work.

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