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Near Ellis Grove in Randolph County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Looking For a Few Good Men

 
 
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By Jason Voigt, November 30, 2020
1. Looking For a Few Good Men Marker
Inscription.  In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson sent Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to lead a "Corps of Discovery" up the Missouri River in search of a water route to the Pacific. They arrived at Kaskaskia on November 29, looking for new recruits.

Lewis and Clark sought strong young men, familiar with the woods, good at hunting and able to endure a long, difficult journey. They found twelve candidates from the troops stations here - more than any other place along their route.

Expedition members recruited from troops at Kaskaskia

Sergeant Patrick Gass • Sergeant John Ordway • Private John Boley • Private John Collins • Private John Dame • Private John Robertson • Private Ebenezer Tuttle • Private Peter M. Weiser • Private Isam White • Private Joseph Whitehouse • Private Alexander Hamilton Willard • Private Richard Windsor

"On my arrival at Kaskaskia, I made a selection of a sufficient number of men from the troops…to complete my party."

[Meriwether Lewis to President Thomas Jefferson, 15 December 1803]
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Exploration.
Looking For a Few Good Men Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, November 30, 2020
2. Looking For a Few Good Men Marker
Located at Fort Kaskaskia State Historic Site
In addition, it is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition series list.
 
Location. 37° 57.841′ N, 89° 54.421′ W. Marker is near Ellis Grove, Illinois, in Randolph County. Marker can be reached from Park Road west of Shawneetown Trail (County Route 3). Marker is on the grounds of Fort Kaskaskia State Historic Site. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4372 Park Road, Ellis Grove IL 62241, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of Fort Kaskaskia (within shouting distance of this marker); The Home of Pierre Menard (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Home of Pierre Menard (approx. 0.2 miles away); Garrison Hill Cemetery (approx. ¼ mile away); Beaver Island (approx. 0.4 miles away); Dedicated in Memory of George Rogers Clark (approx. 0.4 miles away); Kaskaskia Village (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fort Kaskaskia Shelter (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ellis Grove.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 31, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 31, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 38 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 31, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.
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