On returning from his 1805-1806 Mississippi River Expedition, Zebulon Pike described his men as being “perfectly capable of getting the job done, but all in all, a set of Dam’d Rascals!”
“For those men have served with me many a long year and notwithstanding – they are such Dam’d Rascals that you could keep no ducks or fowls for them, yet I think them very clever fellows.”
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