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Those interested in history of early exploration of the US should get a copy (it's available in paperback) of Stephen E. Ambrose's Undaunted Courage; Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West. Was published about 2001 or so. Gives a wonderful image of what the Country was like at the time, and the world of Jefferson and Washington, DC in the early 1800's. These explorers were amazingly self-sufficient and inventive. Good mentions of medicine, Natives, travel, and BTW, they were all armed with Flintlock
muzzleloaders, including a big bipod mounted .69 cal. to be used to shoot at hostiles on the river banks while they traveled on boats. Great read!
 
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Ambrose's book is a little bit shaky on historical facts in a few areas...he makes assumptions and states them as fact, especially when it comes to equipment and methods. The journals written by the two leaders are spotty at times too, unfortunately. Personalities of the two men and Lewis's mental illness affected their documentation.

Here is a good factual analysis of the firearms (not the compressed air gun) used by the Corps of Discovery:

Here is the US Army's take:

I believe Ambrose spoke of the "swivel gun" on the keelboat....which in fact was a small cannon, not a rifle/musket.

This little summary does a good job of laying things out also.

 
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Good Book, but don't take it as gospel. As a L&C researcher, there are a few better volumes to go by, the first being the primary evidence, of the Lewis and Clark Journals. A man writing about an event, 200 years later, doesn't hold as much sway, as actual works from the very explorers who were there. Undaunted Courage is pretty much just about Lewis. Give me a few minutes, and I will post some other accounts, that seem to hold more sway, amongst the L&C research community.
 

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Here ya go. Just grabbed 5 volumes out of the library. John Colter in the Rocky Mountains is also another great read. Always look at multiple sources, when acquiring historical information. Compare the similarities, and then contrast them. Somewhere in the middle intersection is the truth.
 

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The full L&C Journals ed. by Moulton were available in paperback a few years ago other than Vol 1, so I grabbed a set. Sure makes it nice to have in my library when a question pops up.
 
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