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Fort Leavenworth in Leavenworth County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Captain Meriwether Lewis

1774 - 1809

 
 
Captain Meriwether Lewis Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 27, 2013
1. Captain Meriwether Lewis Marker
Inscription.

Soldier, scholar, diplomat, explorer, the career of Meriwether Lewis epitomizes the range of duties and responsibilities inherent in the role of United States Army officer. Lewis was born 18 August, 1774 in Virginia and was commissioned as ensign in the regular Army in 1794. Lewis served in various frontier posts, rising to the rank of captain before being appointed as personal secretary to President Thomas Jefferson in 1801. In 1803, Jefferson engineered the acquisition of the 820,000 square mile Louisiana Territory from France effectively doubling the size of the United States. Relatively little was known of this vast territory except that the future of the Nation would largely depend upon its successful development. Together, Jefferson and Lewis conceived a plan to send a small expedition along the Missouri and Columbia Rivers to map major geographical features, assess the country for its economic potential and to establish political relations with the numerous Indian nations newly incorporated to the United States. To lead this "Corps of Discovery," Jefferson selected Captain Lewis writing that he was "...brave, prudent, habituated to the woods and familiar with Indian manners and character." Lewis also proved himself a leader of outstanding judgment and indomitable spirit. From his Army background, Lewis already possessed
Lewis and Clark Markers Flank Entrance to Center image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 27, 2013
2. Lewis and Clark Markers Flank Entrance to Center
skills crucial for success. He was in superb physical condition, had a keen eye for observation, and was fiercely loyal and disciplined yet open minded and intellectually flexible. His academic skills and training allowed him to both appreciate and communicate the strategically critical ethnographic, geographic and scientific information whose acquisition was at the heart of the mission. His detailed personal study, logistical preparations, operational planning, and staunch leadership resulted in the triumphant success of the expedition. Under Captain Lewis and his unofficial partner William Clark, the Corps of Discovery spent more than two years in uncharted wilderness, covering over 7,000 miles by river and land, made peaceful diplomatic contact with over 50 Indian nations and documented thousands of important scientific observations. During this time they lost just one soldier killed by disease. Lewis died in ambiguous circumstances in September 1809, but the skill and character of this exceptional officer put an indelible stamp on his country's destiny.
 
Erected by United States Army.
 
Location. 39° 20.641′ N, 94° 54.933′ W. Marker is in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, in Leavenworth County. Marker is on Stimson Avenue, on the right when traveling west.
US Army CGSC Lewis and Clark Center image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 27, 2013
3. US Army CGSC Lewis and Clark Center
Click for map. Marker is at the entrance to the Lewis and Clark Center. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Leavenworth KS 66027, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Captain William Clark (a few steps from this marker); General Creighton W. Abrams (within shouting distance of this marker); The United States Army Command and General Staff College (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Buffalo Soldier Monument (approx. mile away); General Roscoe Robinson Jr. (approx. mile away); BG Benjamin H. Grierson (approx. mile away); 555th Parachute Infantry Company (approx. mile away); General Colin L. Powell (approx. mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Fort Leavenworth.
 
More about this marker. Public access to the post is possible with proper identification, subject to U.S. Army regulations.
 
Also see . . .
1. Captain Meriwether Lewis Bio. (Submitted on July 12, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Meriwether Lewis Bio. (Submitted on July 12, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. (Submitted on July 12, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. US Army Command and General Staff College. (Submitted on July 12, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 331 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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