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The U.S. Army and the Lewis & Clark Expedition
Part 9: Further Readings

Several excellent books on the Lewis and Clark Expedition should be available at a library or bookstore near you.

  • 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 expedition’s 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 System’s program on the expedition.
  • 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 Press, 1985)
  • David J. Peck, Or Perish in the Attempt: Wilderness Medicine in the Lewis and Clark Expedition (Helena, Mont.: Farcounty Press, 2002)
  • Eldon G. Chuinard, Only One Man Died: The Medical Aspects of the Lewis and Clark Expedition (Glendale, Calif.: Arthur H. Clark, 1979)
  • 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 Geographic’s Guide to the Lewis & Clark Trail (Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Society, 1998), or
  • Roy E. Appleman, Lewis and Clark: Historic Places Associated with Their Transcontinental Exploration, 1804–1806 (Washington, D.C.: National Park Service, 1975).

On the U.S. Army of this era, see:

  • Theodore J. Crackel, Mr. Jefferson’s Army: Political and Social Reform of the Military Establishment, 1801–1809 (New York: New York University Press, 1987).
  • William H. Goetzmann, Army Exploration in the American West, 1803–1863 (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).

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