William H. Dall's Diary, 1866 -1867
About the Project
On March 21, 1865 William Healey Dall set sail with the Western Union Telegraph Expedition to explore the possibility of an overland telegraph line through the Arctic to Europe. Space aboard the ship was set aside for a “science corps” including leader Robert Kennicott, Dall and several others who sought to gather data on the unknown region. After Kennicott’s untimely death during the expedition, Dall was promoted take over its leadership. Traveling by canoe and dogsled, he collected samples and made extensive geographic observations.