This is a pictorial record of a very special day for Stewart and his troop. Documented here is the moment that Miller and Stewart first encountered the American Fur Company trappers from the rendezvous. It was a moment worthy of rifle salutes which are dramatically offered by two trappers who greet Stewart in the vanguard of the travelers.
Miller described the scene many years later. “In approaching our destination, one morning as we proceeded quietly along, our ears were saluted by sounds that raised the pulse immediately, and to which we had become sensitively alive. It was a tremendous Indian yell…and we heard the clattering of their horses as they came down the valley; — as soon however as we had sight of them, we were relieved; — it was a body of Trappers ….” (Ross, 133)
Peter H. Hassrick
The artist; William T. Walters, Baltimore, MD; present owner by gift