Crossing the Bitterroots

September 16, 1805
Last night about 12 oclock it began to snow. We renewed our march early, though the morning was very disagreeable, and proceeded over the most terrible mountains I ever beheld.
--Patrick Gass

September 16, 1805
I have been wet and as cold in every part as I ever was in my life. Indeed I was at one time fearful my feet would freeze in the thin mockersons which I wore.
--William Clark

September 21, 1805
I find myself growing weak from the want of food and most of the men complain of a similar deficiency, and have fallen off very much.
--Meriwether Lewis


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