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Visit Meriwether Lewis National Monument, Tennessee

Meriwether Lewis, co-captain of the Lewis and Clark expedition and onetime governor of Louisiana Territory died on October 10, 1809 in Tennessee. Lewis was traveling along the trace en route from St. Louis to Washington, D.C., where he hoped to straighten out his affairs as Governor of Louisiana Territory and conduct other business. That morning, his traveling companion, Maj. James Neelly, had remained behind to look for two lost packhorses. Lewis and the two servants accompanying him stopped for the night at an inn named Grinder's Stand. In the early hours of the morning, Lewis died of two gunshot wounds, apparently self-inflicted. Neelly, arriving later that morning, buried his body nearby. The monument designed as a broken shaft marks his grave, located on site.
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