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The Journals of Patrick Gass: Member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition

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Sergeant Patrick Gass's journal -- never widely available to a general audience -- is the most readable and straightforward firsthand account of the Lewis and Clark expedition, largely because Gass focused on the human aspects of the epic journey. In this new edition, Carol MacGregor's thorough annotation of the journal and the inclusion of Gass's previously unknown accoun ...more
Paperback, 447 pages
Published June 1st 2003 by Mountain Press Publishing Company (first published August 1st 1997)
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Mike (the Paladin)
Dec 10, 2014 Mike (the Paladin) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, biography
My last name is Gass...I had to read this book. LOL

This book is surprisingly easy to read as it was written during the Lewis and Clark expedition. The language is straight forward and the accounts are not only relatively short and to the point but I found them very interesting.

True the book is full of accounts of how many deer the hunting party brought in and where the flat boat got stuck and for how long and what other boats were in service.

But it's also filled with accounts of meetings with t
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Mike (the Paladin)
Dec 10, 2014 Mike (the Paladin) rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, biography
My last name is Gass...I had to read this book. LOL

This book is surprisingly easy to read as it was written during the Lewis and Clark expedition. The language is straight forward and the accounts are not only relatively short and to the point but I found them very interesting.

True the book is full of accounts of how many deer the hunting party brought in and where the flat boat got stuck and for how long and what other boats were in service.

But it's also filled with accounts of meetings with t
...more
Ray Ziemer
Apr 25, 2016 Ray Ziemer rated it liked it
This was a bargain I couldn't resist, a brand-new book still in plastic wrapper, on clearance at the Mark Twain Book Store in Virginia City, NV. The important thing, of course, is the journal Patrick Gass kept while a member of Lewis and Clark's Corps of Discovery. Though not as colorful or detailed as Lewis's journal, or as thorough and complete as Clark's, it still made enjoyable reading. Gass, who was elected by the men and named sergeant after Floyd's death, kept his journal with commendable ...more
bert-bobbi
Oct 19, 2010 bert-bobbi rated it really liked it
Patrick Gass was from Chambersburg, PA where my husband was born, so we picked this book to read out loud to each other. Meriweather Lewis died three years after the Corps of Discovery's 30-month (+/-) trip to the Pacific and back on behalf of Jefforson's manifest destiny philosophy. Lewis never managed to compile the journals from all the 30+ Corps members (after his death it was finally compiled). Gass jumped out there right after the completion of the trip and published his journal as a sourc ...more
Rachelfm
I thought this was in some ways more readable than the Journals of Lewis and Clark. It provided valuable insights for my project. I found Carol Lynn MacGregor's extensive notes and scholarship to be extremely valuable.
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