Portaging the falls

June 23, 1805
This evening the men repaired their mockersons... to protect their feet from the prickly pears... They are obliged to halt and rest frequently... At every halt these poor fellows tumble down and are so much fatigued that many of them are asleep in an instant... some are limping from the soreness of their feet; others faint and unable to stand for a few minutes, with heat and fatigue, yet no one complains. All go with cheerfulness.
--Meriwether Lewis.


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