Sargeant John Shields was without doubt one of the most valuable members of the Expedition. So valuable that Meriwether Lewis recommended he receive double pay for his military pay. Not only did Shields maintain and repair their rifles. He also melted their lead canisters down into lead bullets. During days of near starvation he used his skills to make and repair tools for the Indians in exchange for food. The above land is probably part of the John Shields farm after the Expedition. Shields was what the Expedition called a "woodsman", he was not only a good hunter but also one of their best shots with a rifle.