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Historical Marker:

George Rogers Clark Campsite (1st)


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Location:
The marker is located in Massac County,
Latitude:
37.3306
Longitude:
-88.8757
Dedication Date:
06/30/2003
Dedication By:
Bowman's Company, Illinois Humanities Council, and Illinois State Historical Society

Marker Description:
Lt. Col. George Rogers Clark and his troop of 170 volunteers, principally Virginians, camped near this site, called Indian Point, on June 30, 1778. They were marching from Fort Massac to attack the British post at Kaskaskia. This was the first of five campsites on that march. Clark's men would take the post at Kaskaskia and, later, the British fort at Vincennes, Indiana. This work helped secure the Illinois Territory for the United States during the Revolutionary War.
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