It’s the metaphor for ultimate peace, right? Predators lying down with prey.
Maybe that’s what Meriwether Lewis did. Night after night. On his trek from Fort Pickering (modern-day Memphis) to the Natchez Trace. Maybe he visited the Chickasaw Indian Agency in northern Alabama. Perhaps he crossed the Tennessee River at Colbert Ferry.
No one knows where he went as he zigzagged across the territory.
But his escort might have been the enemy.
James Neely was a Chickasaw Indian agent, policing territory that extended from middle Mississippi to the Alabama-Tennessee border. In 1809, it was land still claimed by Spain and called Spanish Florida, but the United States government felt it necessary to employ agents to protect their citizens who poached on Spanish lands from the Natives who claimed the land for a millennia or more.
Neely accompanied Lewis. Did that make him the enemy?
Neely’s direct superior was a man named James Wilkinson.
Yes, THAT James Wilkinson.
(And, if you haven’t read my novel, you can find out who he was for $2.99. Or, you can google. Google may be free, but my story is more entertaining.)
TODAY’S MERIWETHER LEWIS BIRTHDAY MONTH TRIVIA QUESTION:
WHAT WAS MERRY’S ASTROLOGICAL SIGN?
Answer to yesterday’s Meriwether Lewis Birthday Month Trivia Question: LEWIS AND CLARK WERE CHARGED WITH FINDING EVIDENCE OF A LOST EUROPEAN TRIBE AMONG THE NATIVE AMERICANS. FROM WHAT PART OF EUROPE DID THIS SUPPOSED TRIBE HAIL?
ANSWER: SAGAS CLAIM PRINCE MADOC WAS FROM WALES.
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