The Journals of the Lewis & Clark Expedition: The Journals of Joseph Whitehouse, May 14, 1804-April 2, 1806 - Vol. 11

The Journals of the Lewis & Clark Expedition: The Journals of Joseph Whitehouse, May 14, 1804-April 2, 1806 - Vol. 11

The Journals of the Lewis & Clark Expedition: The Journals of Joseph Whitehouse, May 14, 1804-April 2, 1806 - Vol. 11

The Journals of the Lewis & Clark Expedition: The Journals of Joseph Whitehouse, May 14, 1804-April 2, 1806 - Vol. 11

Synopsis

The University of Nebraska Press editions of The Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition are widely heralded as a lasting achievement. In all, thirteen volumes are projected, which together will provide a complete record of the expedition.

Volume 11 contains the journals of expedition member Joseph Whitehouse. His journals are the only surviving account written by an army private on the expedition, and he is one of the least known of the expedition party. Following the expedition, Whitehouse had a checkered army career, and he disappeared after 1817. His capabilities have been unfairly slighted by previous commentators, despite his narrative skill and evidence that he was a man of a lively and curious mind. His extensive journal entries contribute to our understanding of the epochal journey and of the unusual group of men who undertook one of the defining events in our history. The last part of his journals was not found until 1966; this is the first publication of the complete record of hisaccount.

Excerpt

This volume and the previous two 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. Once 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. Both the original and fair copy versions of Private Joseph Whitehouse's journal are at Newberry Library, Chicago, where we were assisted by Robert W. Karrow, Jr., Administrative Curator of Special Collections. At our host institution, the University of Nebraska -- Lincoln, help came from John R. Wunder, Linda J. Ratcliffe, and Gretchen Walker of the Center for Great Plains Studies, and from Thomas W. Dunlay, Doris VanSchooten, and Mary Higginbotham of the project.

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 most sincere appreciation to these individuals. Any shortcomings in the present work, however, are entirely the fault of the editor.

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