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Pierre Cruzatte, Pilot of the
Joseph Field

John Dame

(1784 - unknown)
Private, U.S. Army

Pelican Slayer

his New Hampshire-born artillerist was serving under Capt. Amos Stoddard at Fort Kaskaskia in "the Illinois" when he joined the expedition in 1803 at the age of nineteen.1 From the start, he was assigned to the detail that would take the barge back to St. Louis in the spring of 1805. During his short time with the Corps has a reputation as a quiet and well disciplined soldier.

Dame's sole claim to notice in the captains' journals was the fact that he shot an American white pelican on August 8, 1804, at what the captains named Pelican Island, near today's Little Sioux, Iowa.2

--Barbara Fifer; 02/06

1. Moulton, ed., Journals, 2:516.

2. The island no longer exists because of the Missouri's changing path. Ibid, 2:463n3.

Funded in part by a grant from the National Park Service, Challenge Cost Share Program.

Pierre Cruzatte, Pilot of the
Joseph Field

From Discovering Lewis & Clark ®, http://www.lewis-clark.org © 1998-2014
by The Lewis and Clark Fort Mandan Foundation, Washburn, North Dakota.
Journal excerpts are from The Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, edited by Gary E. Moulton
13 vols. (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1983-2001)