Event Details

  • 02/16/2013

    Location: George Rogers Clark NHP Visitor Center Time: 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM Fee Information: Free Contact Name: Jason Collins Contact Email: e-mail us Contact Phone Number: 812-882-1776 ext. 207

On February 16, 1779, George Rogers Clark's army continued their trek to Vincennes. They had been marching for 11 days and Captain Joseph Bowman confided in his journal,  "…our provisions began to be short." Little did the group know that they were still seven days away from reaching town and the worst of their journey remained.They found nothing but freezing water and "hard fortune." Their greatest enemy would not be the British or the Indians, but the forces of nature. The only thing that kept them going was the fact that soon they would get revenge on the "Hairbuyer" Henry Hamilton for his crimes.

On February 16, 2013, exactly 234 years after Captain Bowman wrote these words, you are all invited to join us for part of the same trek that Clark's men undertook. This year's version of the annual George Rogers Clark March will be the traditional (approximately five miles) walk. Pre-registration is encouraged. Please contact Park Ranger Jason Collins at 812-882-1776 ext. 207 or jason_m_collins@nps.gov by Wednesday February 13, if you are interested in attending.

After the buses depart the visitor center, they will travel down S. Sixth Street Road to a point near the original Sugar Camp of 1779. From there, the group will walk roads that closely parallel Clark's actual route into town.Safe to say that no one who participates in the march will have to march through the water the way Clark's men did (unless there are some who feel adventurous!). This year's Clark March will take much the same form as the 2012 version, with park staff and volunteers taking on the roles of Clark's soldiers, an Indian woman, a French-Canadian volunteer, and the duck hunter. Jason will provide commentary, but men and women portraying those who were there will tell much of the story.


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