Lewis and Clark Expedition / Letter to the President

Lewis and Clark Expedition / Letter to the President (HMDNV)

Location: Marietta, OH 45750 Washington County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 24.611', W 81° 27.453'

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[Marker Front]:
The Lewis and Clark Expedition

Meriwether Lewis arrived in Marietta on September 13, 1803. His descent of the Ohio River aboard a keelboat began his expedition to explore the West. Included among his crew was 18-year old George Shannon of Barnesville, the only member of the Corps of Discovery known to have been from Ohio. While in Marietta, Lewis wrote a letter to President Thomas Jefferson. In updating his journal, he wrote,"This evening was visited by Colo. [Griffen] Green the Postmaster at this place." On September 14, Lewis and his party camped in Washington County, one mile above the mouth of the Little Kanawha River. The following morning they continued down river to rendezvous with William Clark. On October 14, they arrived at the Falls of the Ohio in the Indiana Territory, where Clark lived with his older brother George Rogers Clark.

[Marker Reverse]:
Letter to the President

Thomas Jefferson
President of the UStates
On board my boat opposite Marietta
? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? September 13, 1803.
Dear Sir,
? ? I arrived here at 7 P.M. and shall pursue my journey early tomorrow. This place is one hundred miles distant from Wheeling, from whence in descending the water is reather more abundant than it is between that place and Pittsburgh, insomuch that I have been enabled to get on without the necessity of employing oxen or horses to drag my boat over the ripples I find them most efficient sailors in present state of the navigation of this river, although they may be considered somewhat clumsey.
? ? I have the honour to be with much respect Your Obt. Servt.
? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Meriwether Lewis Capt.
? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? 1st U.S. Regt. Infty.
Series This marker is part of the Lewis & Clark Expedition series, and the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series.
Marker Number14-84
Year Placed2003
Placed ByOhio River Chapter-Lewis & Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, and The Ohio Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 11:16am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 460609 N 4362396
Decimal Degrees39.41018333, -81.45755000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 24.611', W 81° 27.453'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 24' 36.66" N, 81° 27' 27.18" W
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Area Code(s)740
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 400-498 Fort St, Marietta OH 45750, US
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