I have no idea where to put this, but wanted to get others thoughts on it.
Recently I've made a decision that I want to study more history, of the world, and mainly the United States. I was reading about Lewis and Clark
today and learned something that I didn't know.
They mysterious death of Meriwether Lewis.
Meriwether Lewis was born on August 18, 1774 on a plantation near Charlottesville, Virginia. He spent his childhood in the wilderness and developed a
love of hunting and exploring. As a young man, Lewis fought against the Whiskey Rebellion in 1794. From there, he became an officer in the army and
battled against Native Americans in the Northwest Territory. Over time, he learned a lot about Native Americans and their languages.
As a friend and former neighbor of the Lewis family, President Thomas Jefferson recruited Lewis to be his private secretary in 1801. For two years,
Jefferson prepared Lewis to lead a group of explorers across the Louisiana Purchase. To prepare for the trip, Lewis studied navigation, plants, and
animals at the University of Pennsylvania.
After Lewis and his co-leader, William Clark, successfully returned from the three-year expedition, Jefferson appointed Lewis governor of the
Louisiana Territory. On October 11, 1809, while on his way from his St. Louis headquarters to Washington, D.C., Lewis met an untimely and mysterious
death at an inn. Most historians believe that Lewis committed suicide, yet others think that Lewis was murdered.
How he died :
He was shot at a tavern called Grinder's Stand about 70 miles (110 km) from Nashville, Tennessee, on the Natchez Trace, while enroute to Washington;
his wrists had been cut, and he had been shot in the head and chest. Whether his death was from suicide (as is widely believed) or murder (as
contended by his family) has never been conclusively determined; however, it should be noted that he allegedly attempted to jump into the Mississippi
River and drown shortly before his death, and also was extremely depressed.
The Lewis and Clark expedition was as widely hailed upon its return as it is remembered in our own time, and as its official leader, Meriwether Lewis
reaped the benefits of this acclaim. Jefferson appointed him governor of the Louisiana Territory, a post he assumed in 1808. During his brief time in
this office, however, Lewis proved himself a poor administrator. He quarreled with the territorial secretary and local leaders, and failed to keep his
superiors in Washington informed of his policies and plans.
So, I didn't know of his "myserious" death. Conspiracy ? I don't know. His expedition was Government sponsored, did that have something to do
with it ?
What do you think ?
Also, for more on the Lewis & Clark Expedition :
[edit on 2-6-2005 by elevatedone]