The U.S. Army and the Lewis & Clark
Part 9: Further Readings
Several excellent books on the Lewis
and Clark Expedition should be available at a library or bookstore near
- Donald Jackson, Thomas Jefferson and the Stony Mountains: Exploring
the West from Monticello (Urbana: University of Illinois Press,
1981), is a magnificent study that places the Lewis and Clark Expedition
in the context of American history.
- James P. Ronda, Lewis and Clark Among the Indians (Lincoln:
University of Nebraska Press, 1984), is key to understanding the expeditions
encounters with the Indians.
- Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns, Lewis and Clark: The Journey of the
Corps of Discovery (New York: Knopf, 1997), a well-illustrated
work, accompanies the Public Broadcasting Systems program on
- Gary E. Moulton, ed., The Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition
(Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1988), is the latest and most
extensive edition of the journals kept by the two captains and some
of their men.
- Stephen E. Ambrose, Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas
Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West (New York: Simon
and Schuster, 1996), is by a noted historian who has spent many summers
on the Lewis and Clark Trail.
- Robert B. Betts, In Search of York: The Slave Who Went to the
Pacific with Lewis and Clark (Boulder: Colorado Associated University
- David J. Peck, Or Perish in the Attempt: Wilderness Medicine
in the Lewis and Clark Expedition (Helena, Mont.: Farcounty Press,
- Eldon G. Chuinard, Only One Man Died: The Medical Aspects of the
Lewis and Clark Expedition (Glendale, Calif.: Arthur H. Clark,
- Jerome O. Steffen, William Clark: Jeffersonian Man on the Frontier
(Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1977)
Those interested in following the Lewis and Clark Trail may like:
- Thomas Schmidt, National Geographics Guide to the Lewis &
Clark Trail (Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Society, 1998),
- Roy E. Appleman, Lewis and Clark: Historic Places Associated with
Their Transcontinental Exploration, 18041806 (Washington,
D.C.: National Park Service, 1975).
On the U.S. Army of this era, see:
- Theodore J. Crackel, Mr. Jeffersons Army: Political and Social
Reform of the Military Establishment, 18011809 (New York:
New York University Press, 1987).
- William H. Goetzmann, Army Exploration in the American West, 18031863
(Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1959), describes various explorations
undertaken by the Army after the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
On Jefferson, see:
- Joseph J. Ellis, American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson
(New York: Knopf, 1997).