Marietta in Washington County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Lewis and Clark Expedition / Letter to the President
Meriwether Lewis arrived in Marietta on September 13, 1803. His descent of the Ohio River aboard a keelboat began his expedition to explore the West. Included among his crew was 18-year old George Shannon of Barnesville, the only member of the Corps of Discovery known to have been from Ohio. While in Marietta, Lewis wrote a letter to President Thomas Jefferson. In updating his journal, he wrote,"This evening was visited by Colo. [Griffen] Green the Postmaster at this place." On September 14, Lewis and his party camped in Washington County, one mile above the mouth of the Little Kanawha River. The following morning they continued down river to rendezvous with William Clark. On October 14, they arrived at the Falls of the Ohio in the Indiana Territory, where Clark lived with his older brother George Rogers Clark.
President of the UStates
September 13, 1803.
I arrived here at 7 P.M. and shall pursue my journey early tomorrow. This place is one hundred miles distant from Wheeling, from whence in descending the water is reather more abundant
I have the honour to be with much respect Your Obt. Servt.
Meriwether Lewis Capt.
1st U.S. Regt. Infty.
Erected 2003 by Ohio River Chapter-Lewis & Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 14-84.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition, and the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 39° 24.611′ N, 81° 27.453′ W. Marker is in Marietta, Ohio, in Washington County. Marker is on Fort Street 0 miles north of Fort Square, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. This historical marker is located where the Muskingum River empties into the Ohio River, on the high west bank overlooking the Muskingum River. This marker is situated very near the site of old Fort Harmar and across the Muskingum River from downtown Marietta. Marker is in this post office area: Marietta OH 45750, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Site of the United States Fort Harmar (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Harmar (within shouting distance of this marker); Celoron de Blainville (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pioneer Marietta (approx. ¼ mile away); Southern Boundary Picketed Point (approx. 0.3 miles away); Lafayette (approx. 0.3 miles away); Northwest Ordinance Sesquicentennial Columns (approx. 0.3 miles away); American Union Lodge No. 1, F. & A. M. (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Marietta.
Also see . . . Lewis and Clark Expedition. This web link was both published and made available by, "Absolute Astronomy.com," in it's quest to enable "exploring the universe of knowledge" (Submitted on July 11, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
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