St. Charles, Missouri: May 16-21, 1804

In St. Charles, the expedition stopped to make final preparations for the journey up the Missouri. They stored gear and supplies in a keelboat and two pirogues, and made last-minute purchases while waiting for Lewis to arrive from St. Louis. Residents of St. Charles made the men welcome during their stay, inviting them to dinners, dances, and church services. Some of the men had such a good time, in fact, that one evening's festivities were followed by court martial proceedings the next day for such offenses as being absent without leave or "behav[e]ing in an unbecom[e]ing manner at the ball last night." When Lewis did arrive, he was accompanied by a group of well-wishers from St. Louis who joined with those in St. Charles in giving the expedition a hearty send-off.

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