Wednesday, February 5, 2014

George Rogers Clark: The Trek to Fort Sackville

On February 5, 1779, Colonel George Rogers Clark led his troop of approximately 170 Kentucky militiamen (nicknamed "Longknives") through treacherous weather conditions from Kaskaskia to Vincennes in the Illinois Country to re-capture Fort Sackville from the British.  The fort was then under the command of British Colonel Henry "the hair-buyer" Hamilton.  Clark's monumental trek with his men in the middle of the winter echoes that of General George Washington's crossing the Delaware.  Often overshadowed by other great men of his time; his statement shall perhaps live forever in the American Spirit: 

"Great Things Have Been Affected By A Few Men Well Conducted."      

To learn more about George Rogers Clark visit:  - George Rogers Clark National Historical Park  - Locust Grove

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