159) Sergeant Charles Floyd

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159) Sergeant Charles Floyd

The Only Member of the Corps of Discovery to Die on the Expedition

Born: 1782, Present-Day St. Matthew’s, Kentucky, United States of America

Died: 20 August 1804, Present-Day Sioux City, Iowa, United States of America

He was a non-commissioned Sergeant and One of the first to volunteer for the Corps of Discovery.

Charles kept a daily record of the excursion from May 14th to August 18th and died two days later.

He was the only fatality on the journey and passed away from a ruptured appendix.

On Memorial Day, 1901, the people of Sioux City erected a 100-Foot-Tall Sandstone Memorial to Charles, making his grave the most prestigious of any of the Corps members.

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