Hardly your father’s Daisy Red Ryder! (Merged)
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February 21st, 2011 09:19 PM
Here is some more history about this famous expedition. The US Congress allocated $2,500 to pay for the entire expedition. In addition to the wages being paid to all of the men, that money allowed them to supply and equip the expedition. Here is a complete inventory of all of the equipment and supplies that the expedition started out with:
set of plotting instruments
chronometer (needed to calculate longitude)
150 yards of cloth to be oiled and sewn into tents and sheets
30 steels for striking to make fire
iron corn mill
two dozen tablespoons
10 1/2 pounds of fishing hooks and fishing lines
12 pounds of soap
193 pounds of "portable soup" (a thick paste concocted by boiling down beef, eggs and vegetables)
three bushels of salt
writing paper, ink and crayons
Presents for Indians:
12 dozen pocket mirrors
4,600 sewing needles
144 small scissors
130 rolls of tobacco
10 pounds of sewing thread
yards of bright-colored cloth
tomahawks that doubled as pipes
8 brass kettles
vermilion face paint
33 pounds of tiny beads of assorted colors
45 flannel shirts
Arms and Ammunition:
15 Model 1803 muzzle-loading .54 caliber rifles
500 rifle flints
420 pounds of sheet lead for bullets
176 pounds of gunpowder packed in 52 lead canisters
1 long-barreled Italian rifle that fired its .46 caliber bullets with compressed air
Medicine and Medical Supplies:
50 dozen Dr. Rush’s patented "Rush’s pills"
1,300 doses of physic
1,100 hundred doses of emetic
3,500 doses of diaphoretic (sweat inducer)
other drugs for blistering, salivation and increased kidney output
Barton’s Elements of Botany
Antoine Simon Le Page du Pratz’s History of Louisiana
Richard Kirwan’s Elements of Mineralogy
A Practical Introduction to Spherics and Nautical Astronomy
The Nautical Almanac and Astronomical Ephemeris
a four-volume dictionary
a two-volume edition of Linnaeus (the founder of the Latin classification of plants)
tables for finding longitude and latitude
map of the Great Bend of the Missouri River
February 21st, 2011 09:27 PM
Here is the route of the expedition. Oregon was really BIG then!
Our state somehow later got jipped!! Washington, Idaho, Western Montana, Wyoming, and British Columbia really belong to us!
February 21st, 2011 09:39 PM
I wonder what this Model 1803 Rifle they took was like.
Did the US Army even have rifles back then?? I thought they were still using smooth-bore muskets back then.
February 22nd, 2011 07:28 AM
If it specified rifle it should have had a rifled barrel, and was probably by the arsenal at Harpers Ferry. In 1803 it would have been a flintlock though. Check out Harpers Ferry Model 1803 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia for more information.
Originally Posted by LanceORYGUN
EOD - Initial success or total failure
February 22nd, 2011 11:22 AM
Thanks for posting! Very interesting and educational. I never knew about this rifle before, and it does seem to answering a couple of questions about the expedition.
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February 22nd, 2011 12:51 PM
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February 23rd, 2011 02:37 PM
That was very interesting, and well worth the time to view the video. Thanks for posting it.
"He that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one." – Luke 22:36
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February 23rd, 2011 02:58 PM
Very cool. I have had some nice airguns in my time, but that one takes the cake. Interesting history lesson. Glad I watched and thanks for sharing.
February 23rd, 2011 10:01 PM
Thanks for sharing. I just received this link in an email two days ago.
Interesting history lesson and one of the minor reasons Louis & Clark were successful.
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February 28th, 2011 04:38 PM
And a huge chunk was Wasco County
Originally Posted by LanceORYGUN
Everyone from The Cascades to the Rockies, start sending your property taxes to The Dalles!
March 7th, 2011 04:26 PM
Careful, you'll shoot your eye out!
March 7th, 2011 05:03 PM
Amazing video! Thanks for posting. BTW, that air rifle is a beauty
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