"Great things have been effected by a few men well conducted."

The British flag would not be raised above Fort Sackville Feb. 25, 1779. At 10 a.m., the garrison surrendered to American Colonel George Rogers Clark. His American army, aided by French residents of the Illinois country, had marched through freezing floodwaters to gain this victory. The fort’s capture assured United States claims to the frontier, an area nearly as large as the original 13 states.

Clark memorial

The Story

To capture British forces, George Rogers Clark and his men marched across flooded prairies to reach Fort Sackville

George Rogers Clark accepting the surrender of Fort Sackville

Following in Clark's Footsteps

Experience the journey of George Rogers Clark through daily snippets of the story.

Vigo

Frontier Financier

Discover the story behind the fur trader who provided vital intelligence that led to the capture of Fort Sackville in 1779.

Last updated: February 3, 2018

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