On November nineteenth, 1752 George Rogers Clark was born. His birthplace was near Charlottesville, Virginia. His mom’s name was Ann and his dad’s name was John. His older brother’s name was also John, His sister’s name was Lucy, and he had a younger brother named William Clark who became famous for being a part of the Lewis and Clark expedition.
In 1757, the Clarks moved to a small plantation in Caroline Country, Virginia. Most of Clark’s schooling was with relatives. George became well read and a great writer. He learned to ride, trap, plant, and wrestle.
In his young age, Clark learned surveying from his grandfather. When he was 20 years old, Clark left on a surveying trip to the West. The next four years, he did many things including, finding land for him and his family, acting as a guide for settlers and fought in Lord Dunmore’s War (1774).
In 1776, Clark was elected to be sent as a delegate to Virginia Government. In this capacity he was instrumental in bringing about the organization of Kentucky as a county of Virginia. In reward, Governor Patrick Henry gave Clark five-hundred pounds of Gunpowder for the defense of Kentucky.
On January second, 1778, Clark was named Lieutenant-Colonel, received 1200 European dollars, and was told to enlist troops. By late May, Clark was at the falls of Ohio and had 175 men. This expedition moved all the way to Fort Kaskaskia, in what is now Illinois. This fort and Cahokia were both guarded by the British, who needed the support of the French. Clark gained friendship with Father Pierre Gibault, the priest at Kaskaskia, and through his influence the French at Vincennes on the Wabash were induced to change their allegiance. On December 17th, Lt. Governor Henry Hamilton, a British commander, recovered Vincennes. Late in February the next year, Hamilton was surprised to see Clark. He surrendered and Clark had won.
In 1793, Clark accepted a charge from Citizen Genet as a major-general in the armies of France, and...