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Fort Southwest Point Helped Lewis & Clark?

{Robert Bailey – Roane County Historian}

Meriwether Lewis and William Clark’s expedition from St. Louis to the Pacific Ocean and back had a Roane County connection. In the fall of 1803, four soldiers from Fort Southwest Point were recruited to travel with them on their trek which took two years to complete. Three of them were from Captain John Campbell’s 2nd Infantry, those being Privates Hugh Hall, Thomas Proctor Howard, and Corporal Richard Warfington (Worthington, Worbington, etc.). Hall was originally from Pennsylvania. Howard was from Massachusetts, and Warfington was from North Carolina. Private John Potts (who was born in Germany) was recruited from Capt. Purdey’s Company. Warfington was the only corporal in the group going on this expedition. He became well respected by the captains in the group. However, Hugh Hall stole from his comrades and received fifty lashes as punishment. Clark noted that Hall drank and was one of the most adventuresome of the party.

Originally Written for the Roane County Newsletter to the Community, November 2014.