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Title Joseph Whitehouse, journal commencing at River Dubois [i.e. Wood River, Ill.]... [manuscript]: 1804 May 14-1805 Nov. 6
Author Whitehouse, Joseph (c.1775-c.1860)
Document Type Travel Journal; Diary
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: The most significant transcontinental journey in U.S. history, the Lewis and Clark Expedition was not only recorded in the journals and observations of the two captains, but also by four other members of the party. Private Joseph Whitehouse maintained during the expedition a journal consisting of extensive field notes bound in a single volume of three parts the extant portion covering the period May 14, 1804 to Nov. 6 1805.
Names Lewis, Meriwether (1774-1809); Clark, William (1770-1838)
Places United States
Keywords travel, travelogue, personal account, Lewis and Clark expedition, expedition, overland trail, discovery, fur trade, trade, observation, livestock, buffalo, horse, subsistence, hunting, pioneer, frontier
Theme Observation, Representation and Cultural Encounters
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Great Plains
Additional Information Joseph Whitehouse was born in Fairfax County, Va. around 1775 and moved with his family to Kentucky in 1784. Whitehouse enlisted in the U.S. army as a private in 1798 for a standard five-year term. He re-enlisted in 1803 and later that year was transferred to the Lewis and Clark Expedition. While on this historic expedition, Whitehouse kept a fairly detailed journal from May 14, 1804 to April 2, 1806. After the expedition’s successful return to St. Louis, Whitehouse was discharged from the army. He later re-enlisted in 1807 serving on the western frontier and in the War of 1812 until 1817 when he deserted. The remainder of his life is obscure. Whitehouse died about 1860 and on his deathbed he gave this manuscript journal to his Catholic confessor, Canon di Vivaldi.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT Ayer MS 978
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue