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Second Lieutenant William Clark, 1803
William Clark was born on 1 August 1770 and 22 years later on 6 March 1792 was commissioned as a lieutenant in the Legion of the United States. In September of that year he was assigned to the 4th Sub-Legion. In 1794 at the Battle of Fallen Timbers, Clark commanded a company of riflemen who drove back the enemy on the left flank, killing a number of Native Americans and Canadians. William Clark resigned his commission on 4 July 1796 and retired due to poor health although he was only 26 years old.
In 1803, Meriwether Lewis recruited Clark, then age 33, to share command of the newly formed Corps of Discovery, whose mission was to explore the territory of the Louisiana Purchase, establish trade with Native Americans, and consolidate the sovereignty of the U.S.
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