Sergeant Floyd Monument, Iowa

The first American soldier to die west of the Mississippi, Sergeant Floyd died as the Lewis and Clark expedition passed present day Sioux City, Iowa. His passing is best described by the following passage from the journals of Lewis and Clark. “…20th August Monday 1804… I am Dull & heavy been up the greater part of last night with Sergt. Floyd, who is as bad as he can be to live… We set out under a jental Breeze from the S.E… We came to make a warm bath for Sergt. Floyd hoping it would brace him a little, before we get him into his bath he expired, with a great deel of composure…We buried him to the top of a high round hill overlooking the river & Countrey for a great distance situated just below a small river, the Bluffs Sergts. Floyds Bluff… we buried him with all the honors of War, and fixed a Ceeder post at his head with his name title and day of the month & year…we returned to the boat & proceeded to the Mouth of the little river 30 yd wide & camped a beautiful evening…” Today the cedar post has been replaced by a 100 foot high stone obelisk on the spot of Sgt. Floyd’s grave, the first historic landmark recognized by the United States government.

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Links: Lewis and Clark Trail

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