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George Rogers Clark (Clark-George-Rogers)

Born: 1752 AD
Died: 1818 AD, at 65 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Military Officer


1752 - Was born near Charlottesville, in Albemarle county, Virginia, on the 19th of November.


1774 - He became a land-surveyor; he took part in Lord Dunmore's War.


1775 - Went as a surveyor for the Ohio Company to Kentucky (then a district of Virginia), whither he removed early. 


1776 - He was sent as a delegate to the Virginia legislature. 


1777 - He went on foot to Virginia late and submitted to Governor Henry and his council a plan for offensive operations. 


1778 - He led his small troop westward from Fort Pitt. The force passed down the Ohio River along the northern border of Kentucky to the Falls of the Ohio with his troops and many families who joined the military convoy for security and protection from Indian reprisals.


1779 - Om February, he was surprised by Clark and compelled to give up Vincennes and its fort, Fort Sackville, and to surrender himself and his garrison of about 80 men, as prisoners of war.

1783 - He was relieved of his command by Virginia. Thereafter he lived on part of the land granted to him by Virginia or in Louisville for the rest of his life. 


1793 - He accepted from Citizen Genet a commission as "major-general in the armies of France, and commander-in-chief of the French Revolutionary Legion in the Mississippi Valley," and tried to raise a force for an attack upon the Spanish possessions in the valley of the Mississippi.

1818 - He lost his once powerful influence and lived in comparative isolation until his death, near Louisville, Kentucky, on the 13th of February .


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