In February 1779 George Rogers Clark’s forces marched across the Illinois country and flooded Wabash River to Vincennes to challenge Henry Hamilton and the British Army at Fort Sackville. Clark’s success is often regarded as a key event in American movement west to the Mississippi River and south to the Ohio River. An area 1/3 the size of the original 13 colonies known as the Old Northwest Territory became part of the United States at the end of the American Revolution.
On Feb. 22, the National Park Service will commemorate Clark’s March with a walk covering the last five miles of his journey while discussing events that took place along the way into Vincennes. Those wishing to walk, will check in at the park Visitor Center by 9:30 a.m. (Eastern Time) and the bus will leave at 10 a.m. Comfortable shoes and seasonally appropriate attire are recommended for those walking in the event. Many participants will wear 18th century clothing in the style of Virginia Militia, but it is certainly not required.
Please register for the walk before 5 p.m. on Feb. 19 by calling 812-882-1776 Ext. 1210. This is necessary to have a place on the bus which will drop-off walkers. For further details, contact Chief Ranger Joe Herron at 812-882-1776 Ext. 1204.
A ceremony on Feb. 25 will be held in the Memorial rotunda with the Indiana Society Sons of the American Revolution Color Guard. The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. and include the laying of a wreath, patriotic songs, a proclamation by Vincennes Mayor Joe Yochum, and a program by Lisa Ice-Jones, executive director of Grouseland Foundation. There is no cost or reservations for the Memorial program, but a luncheon following the event will require both. The luncheon hosted by the Vincennes Historical and Antiquarian Society will take place at the St. Francis Xavier Parish Center on 100 S. Third St. Reservations and information on the cost of the luncheon can be made by calling Dennis Latta 812-756-5333.