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Historical Marker:

George Rogers Clark Campsite (2nd)


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Location:
The marker is located on the west side of IL 37 below Goreville and just south of the entrance to Ferne Cliff State Park.
Latitude:
37.5226
Longitude:
-88.9655
Dedication Date:
07/03/2003
Dedication By:
Bowman's Company, Illinois Humanities Council, and Illinois State Historical Society

Marker Description:
This marker commemorates the July 1, 1778, campsite for Lt. Col. Clark's troop of 170 volunteers. At the time, the site had a nearby spring and was north of a place called Buffalo Gap. The men were marching from Fort Massac to capture the British post at Kaskaskia. This attack and a later one at Vincennes, Indiana, prevented the British and their Indian allies from invading Kentucky. It also secured the Illinois Territory for the United States during the Revolutionary War.
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