By William E. Foley
Coinciding with the bicentennial in 2004 of the departure of Lewis and Clark’s famed Corps of Discovery, Wilderness Journey fills a massive hole in scholarship. meant for the final reader, in addition to for experts within the box, this attention-grabbing e-book presents a well-balanced and thorough account of 1 of America’s most vital frontiersmen.
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Biding their time to allow St. 14 William Clark and more than eight hundred other Kentuckians volunteered to serve with Scott’s command, which set out for the Wea town of Ouiatanon on the banks of the Wabash River on May 23, 1791. 15 O’Fallon’s assessment of the youngest of the Clark boys appears to have been on the mark. Billy proved himself more than able to handle the tough going that Scott’s men encountered as they made their way through dense patches of briers and brush and across the wooded and hilly countryside.
When the expedition reached the Wabash River, General Scott divided his force, sending a party under Colonel Hardin to a nearby Kickapoo village, while he and the remainder of his company proceeded to Ouiatanon. Scott’s little army overtook and burned both towns and destroyed their outlying cornfields and gardens. The Indians lost an estimated thirty warriors, most of them shot from the riverbanks as they attempted to flee in their canoes. 16 Kentucky Apprenticeship 27 Following the demolition of their principal targets, Scott ordered a detachment under the command of Colonel James Wilkinson to Kithtippecanuck, an Indian town eighteen miles up the Wabash River at Eel Creek, not far from the junction of the Tippecanoe and Wabash.
The latter was a particularly serious offense given the recent reports of renewed Indian assaults. Lieutenant Clark worried about the army’s poor condition when two companies of “horrid looking invuleads [invalids]” about to be deployed at Forts Steuben and Knox stopped briefly at his post. The arrival of five gallons of whiskey and orders for his reassignment in early June may have lifted his spirits momentarily. 30 He headed down the Ohio with a consignment of corn and merchandise destined for the Chickasaws as part of an effort by the United States to lessen Spanish influence among the southern tribes.
Wilderness Journey: The Life of William Clark by William E. Foley