Paid Advertisement
Historynet/feed historynet feedback facebook link Weider History Group RSS feed Weider Subscriptions Historynet Home page

Book Review: The Journals of Patrick Gass: Member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition (edited and annotated by Carol Lynn MacGregor) : WW

Originally published on HistoryNet.com. Published Online: August 12, 2001 
Print Friendly
0 comments FONT +  FONT -


The Journals of Patrick Gass: Member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, edited and annotated by Carol Lynn MacGregor, Mountain Press Publishing Co., 1997, $36 cloth, $20 paper.

Lewis and Clark and Gass? No, Sergeant Patrick Gass will never be mentioned right up there with Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. Still, Gass did keep a continuous log of the famous expedition, and his journal was originally published in 1807, seven years before the accounts by Corps of Discovery leaders Lewis and Clark became available. Gass, writes editor Carol Lynn MacGregor, "proved to be a practical, flexible member of the expedition, serving as head carpenter, a boatsman in charge of a canoe, an occasional hunter, an experienced horseman, and one of seven known journalists." Because Gass wrote in a straightforward style about the day-to-day aspects of the journey, MacGregor says his is the most readable of the journals. Gass certainly captured the optimistic spirit of the expedition members. A typical entry (Tuesday, April 30, 1805): "We embarked at sunrise; had a fine morning and went on very well. We passed through a handsome Country, with a rich soil, and the prairies rising beautifully on both sides of the river. We went 24 miles and encamped on the North side. Captain Lewis killed a large elk here." Gass' journal is enhanced by MacGregor's endnotes that explain many of the missing details. As a bonus, readers get a glimpse into Gass' personal life and record-keeping abilities with the inclusion of "The Account Book of Patrick Gass 1826-1837 and 1847-1848" in the second part of this 447-page volume.




Leave a Reply

Human Verification: In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Related Articles


History Net Images Spacer
Paid Advertisement
Paid Advertisement
History Net Daily Activities
History net Spacer
History net Spacer
Historynet Spacer
HISTORYNET READERS' POLL

Which of these wars resulted in the most surprising underdog upset?

View Results | See previous polls

Loading ... Loading ...
History net Spacer
STAY CONNECTED WITH US
RSS Feed Daily Email Update
History net Spacer
Paid Advertisement History net Spacer
Paid Advertisement

Paid Advertisement
What is HistoryNet?

The HistoryNet.com is brought to you by Weider History, the world's largest publisher of history magazines. HistoryNet.com contains daily features, photo galleries and over 5,000 articles originally published in our various magazines.

If you are interested in a specific history subject, try searching our archives, you are bound to find something to pique your interest.

From Our Magazines
Weider History

Weider History Network:  HistoryNet | Armchair General | Achtung Panzer! | StreamHistory.com
Today in History | Ask Mr. History | Picture of the Day | Daily History Quiz | Contact Us

Copyright © 2014 Weider History. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited.
Advertise With Us | Subscription Help | Privacy Policy