Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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pp. i-iv

Contents

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pp. v-v

Maps

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pp. vi-vii

Dedication

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pp. viii-viii

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Preface

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pp. ix-xii

...compared with several of the nation's later conflicts. Fewer than 7,000 soldiers died of battle wounds during more than six years of fighting, and even if those who perished in camps and British prisons are included, the total of just over 25,000 is small in relation to the size...

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1 / The War Begins

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pp. 1-18

...began on the eastern seaboard in April 1775, it had little impact upon the few inhabitants of Kentucky. Although a surprisingly large number of hunters, trappers, land speculators, and other adventurers had explored the lovely lands south of the Ohio River, the first permanent...

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2 / The Illinois Campaign, 1778

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pp. 19-38

...objectives with 500 men, and he had anticipated little difficulty in securing the 350 authorized by the state authorities. But he encountered disappointments from the outset. Recruiters for the Continental army and for state troops competed with Clark's...

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3 / The Vincennes Campaign

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pp. 39-60

...northward by one Francis Maisonville who had been in the Illinois country when the American arrived, reached Detroit on August 6. The news came as both a shock and a disappointment to Lieutenant Governor Henry Hamilton, who had been marshaling...

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4 / The Detroit Eludes Clark

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pp. 61-85

...been completed. When Clark learned that several British boats were coming down the Wabash with trade goods and provisions, he ordered Captain Helm and a group of volunteers northward to intercept them. Armed with four swivels from the fort, Helm's men ambushed the British flotilla and forced its surrender...

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5 / The War Ends in the West

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pp. 86-99

...raids to continue during the cold months, and their frequency increased with the coming of spring. News of the defeat at Yorktown did not reach Detroit until April 3, 1782, and then the British commander A. S. De Peyster tried to minimize its significance...

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6 / The After Years

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pp. 100-110

...his reputation. The apex of his career was reached at Vincennes on February 25, 1779, when he accepted the surrender of Henry Hamilton. Although he performed valuable services between that time and the date of his separation from military service in 1783, his detractors succeeded in tarnishing his...

Notes

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pp. 111-116

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A Note to Readers

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pp. 117-121

...porary with its subject, is available on George Rogers Clark. Lyman C. Draper collected materials over several decades for a biography he never wrote; the Clark Papers constitute the largest collection in the Draper Manuscripts (State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Madison). A microfilm copy of...

Index

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pp. 122-124