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George Rogers Clark and the War in the West

Lowell H. Harrison

Publication Year: 2014

"Much has been written about the famous conflicts and battlegrounds of the East during the American Revolution. Perhaps less familiar, but equally important and exciting, was the war on the western frontier, where Ohio Valley settlers fought for the land they had claimed -- and for their very lives. George Rogers Clark stepped forward to organize the local militias into a united front that would defend the western frontier from Indian attacks. Clark was one of the few people who saw the importance of the West in the war effort as a whole, and he persuaded Virginia's government to lend support to his efforts. As a result Clark was able to cross the Ohio, saving that part of the frontier from further raids. Lowell Harrison captures the excitement of this vital part of American history while giving a complete view of George Rogers Clark's significant achievements. Lowell H. Harrison, is a professor emeritus of history at Western Kentucky University and is the author or co-author of numerous books, including Lincoln of Kentucky, A New History of Kentucky, and Kentucky's Governors."

Published by: The University Press of Kentucky


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Title Page, Copyright

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pp. i-iv


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pp. v-v


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pp. vi-vii


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pp. viii-viii

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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...


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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...


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pp. 122-124

E-ISBN-13: 9780813146171
E-ISBN-10: 0813146178
Print-ISBN-13: 9780813102245

Page Count: 136
Publication Year: 2014

OCLC Number: 568076331
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  • Northwest, Old -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783.
  • Clark, George Rogers, 1752-1818.
  • Generals -- United States -- Biography.
  • United States. Continental Army -- Biography.
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