George Rogers Clark: His Life and Public Services

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CONTENTS
INTRODUCTIONxvii
I. CHILDHOOD AND YOUTH
Birthplace, ancestry, environment, education
3
II. YOUNG PIONEER, SURVEYOR, AND SOLDIER: RIVAL CLAIMS TO WEST
Journey to Wilderness; life on upper Ohio; Indian warfare; Clark Captain in Cresap's, McDonald's, and Dunmore's Wars; Battle of Point Pleasant; Chief Logan; surveying in Kentucky; Harrodsburg and Boonesboro founded; Henderson and 'Transylvania'; rival claims to Kentucky
8
III. THE REVOLUTION BEGINS: KENTUCKY MADE A COUNTY
Importance of 'inner frontiers'; western British and Indian enemies; Clark's personality; calls Harrodsburg meeting; appointed Assembly delegate; demands powder of Council; bold diplomacy; fight to make Kentucky a county; Mason and Memoir Letters
25
IV. CLARK PLANS CAPTURE OF BRITISH POSTS
Character of Kentucky pioneers; military organization, Clark in command; sends spies to Illinois; plans capture of British posts; expedition authorized; recruiting troubles; objective revealed to troops; Corn Island settled and fortified
37
V. BRITISH WESTERN FORCES AND PLANS
Hamilton British commander; his troops and allies; plans to sweep western frontier; holds council with Indians at Detroit; Congress plans to capture Detroit; plan abandoned
53
VI. THE CAPTURE OF KASKASKIA
Clark's small force; embarks on Ohio; passes over Falls; eclipse; overland march across Illinois; surprise and capture of Kaskaskia; dramatic treatment of French inhabitants
60
VII. ENEMIES MADE FRIENDS: VINCENNES WON OVER
Cahokia captured; Cerré and Father Gibault; Vincennes accedes; Clark's strategies to conceal weakness; bold course with Indians; sends Helm to Vincennes; Piankeshaws won over; Oliver Pollock, patriot.
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