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He was buried with full military honors on a hill overlooking the Missouri River in present-day Sioux City, Iowa. The men called it “Floyd’s Bluff,” the name by which it is still known. Private Patrick Gass was elected by the men to take Floyd’s place as a sergeant. The disciplinary problems that had plagued the expedition in winter camp were still evident those first months on the river.
He immediately dispatched Drouillard on a mission to another army post, South West Point, Tennessee, to find eight soldiers who were waiting there to join the expedition. When they finally caught up with the expedition five weeks later, Lewis rejected four of the men as unfit for wilderness travel. From Fort Massac, the expedition sailed down the Ohio to its junction with the Mississippi River, near present-day Cairo, Illinois. They spent six days there, while Lewis and Clark familiarized themselves with their navigational instruments and practiced the vital task of determining longitude and latitude.
Lewis and Clark planned to get an early start up the Missouri. Clark calculated that they would travel 1,500 miles to reach the Mandan villages, the last welldescribed location on their maps. His calculations were only about 100 miles short of the actual distance. He further calculated that it would be 1,550 miles from the Mandan villages to the Pacific Ocean. There he erred significantly; his calculations were 1,000 miles too short. Making 10 or 12 miles a day, Clark figured the expedition should be able to travel as far as the headwaters of the Missouri in the Rocky Mountains by September 1804, and then push on the following spring to reach the Pacific in summer 1805.
Across America: The Lewis and Clark Expedition (Discovery and Exploration) by Maurice Isserman, John S. Bowman