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Captain Meriwether Lewis purchased the Newfoundland dog for $ in and named him April 22, " walking on shore this evening I met with a buffaloe calf which The dogs were kept in the "dog walk" on early sailing ships. The Ohio Meets the Mississippi Lewis's dog Seaman is the first to disembark, leaping from beneath from his Did he live happily in St. Louis upon the Corps' return, taking dips in the Mississippi and curling up in front of a cozy fireplace?. One particular beaver, not quite dead, almost proved Seaman's undoing. For Lewis, suddenly pressed into service as a veterinarian, the first task was to to change his course a second time, which he did by turning a little to the right, With a Bear Behind: Lewis & Clark Meet the Grizzly BearIn "Animals".
What Happened to Seaman After the Journey? Holmberg has done some additional sleuthing to determine what happened to the dog. Eventually Holmberg came upon some information in a book published in that leads him to believe that Seaman survived the trip and continued to make his life with Meriwether Lewis.
The book that led Holmberg to this conclusion was a book of epitaphs and inscriptions of the day, recorded by a clergyman and educator named Timothy Alden. According to Holcomb, Entry of American Epitaphs and Inscriptions lists an inscription that was on a dog collar that had been donated to a museum in Alexandria, Virginia. Lewis had suffered from depression for many years but whether the death was suicide—as most historians feel—or murder is still an ongoing discussion.
Seaman, A Newfoundland Dog Who Accompanied Lewis and Clark
After the melancholy exit of gov. Lewis, his dog would not depart for a moment from his lifeless remains; and when they were deposited in the earth no gentle means could draw him from the spot of interment.
The museum suffered a fire in when many artifacts were lost. The ledgers from that period still exist but Holmberg notes that while they did not mention the donation of a dog collar, they also appeared to be generally incomplete.
Never did either end it with "-man," "-men," "-min," or "-mun," which casual, conversational pronunciation might have suggested phonetically. And they must have heard it often, for although some of the enlisted men may have had their own personal terms of affection for the captain's dog, it would have been inappropriate to address him out loud with anything but his real name.
In that case, all of the vowels in the spellings referred to above would sound the same. Unfortunately, lacking any more hard facts to clarify this issue, we will never know whether the phonetic argument carries any weight or not. Montana State University Press, Louis Charbonneau, "Seaman's Trail: State Historical Society of Wisconsin, He also read the dog's name once as "Shannon" July 14,but may have been been thinking of Private George Shannon, which would have been a gross misinterpretation, considering the circumstances.
Twenty dollars was half of Lewis's monthly salary as a captain in the Army. Lewis's dog has been the inspiration for more than a dozen novels. One novelist's discussion of the challenge is Louis Charbonneau's, "Seaman's Trail: Fiction," We Proceeded On, Vol.
Two books about dogs' roles in history may also be recommended: On several occasions Lewis's dog was cited for his sagacity, which during the 18th century, according to Webster's Compendious Dictionary of the English Language New Haven, Conn.: Sidney's Press,meant "quick of scent or thought, acute. Ernest Osgood, "Our Dog Scannon: Partner in Discovery," Montana: The Magazine of Western History, vol.
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Noah Webster, in his Compendious Dictionary of the English Language, published indefined the noun "seaman" as "a mariner, sailor, animal, merman. They were fat and I thought them when fried a pleasant food.
Many of these squirrels were black. They swim very light on the water and make pretty good speed. My dog was of the Newfoundland breed, very active, strong and docile. He would take the squirrels in the water, kill them, and swimming bring them in his mouth to the boat.
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The dog was of the Newfoundland breed, one that I prized much for his docility and qualifications generally for my journey and of course there was no bargain. Clark recorded in his journal that: John Ordway wrote on April 26, that he "Saw a flock of goats [pronghorn antelopes] swimming the river this morning near to our camp.
Lewis's dog was badly bitten by a wounded beaver and was near bleeding to death. On May 29,Lewis wrote that "Last night we were all alarmed by a large buffalo bull, which swam over from the opposite shore, and coming alongside of the White Pirogue, climbed over it to land.