The Campaign Begins
In early 1778, Clark went from Williamsburg to Fort Pitt to recruit men and obtain supplies. He then travelled down the Ohio River to Corn Island at the Falls of the Ohio.
From Clark's Memoir:
"After my making known my [secret] instructions almost every gentleman warmly espoused the enterprise . . . .
". . . On the (24th) of June, 1778, we left our little island . . . ."
[Clark decides to bypass Fort Sackville because he believes it is too heavily fortified.]
"I resolved to begin my career in the Illinois where there were more inhabitants, but scattered in different villages, and less danger of being immediately overpowered by the Indians; in case of necessity, we could probably make our retreat to the Spanish side of the Mississippi."
Clark Occupies Corn Island
Map Collection, Indiana Division, Indiana State Library.
From Clark's Memoir:
"In case of success, it would be absolutely necessary to have a post of communication on the river between the Illinois and Kentucky, and of course the falls [of the Ohio River] was the most eligible spot as it would . . . protect the navigation of the river . . . .
"I moved on to the falls . . . . I observed the little island of about (seventy?) acres, opposite to where the town of Louisville now stands . . . . I resolved to take possession and fortify (it), which I did . . . dividing the island among the families for gardens. These families that followed me I now found to be of real service, as they were of little expense, and, with the invalids, would keep possession of this little post until we should be able to occupy the main shore."
Corn Island is the large island (with two smaller islands) at the center bottom of the map.
225th Anniversary Exhibit
- Under Many Nations
- American Revolution in the East
- American Revolution in the West
- Clark Goes West
- Year of the "Bloody Sevens"
- Clark's Daring Plan
- The Campaign Begins
- Taking Kaskaskia
- Taking Cahokia
- Taking Fort Sackville
- Peace with the Indians
- The British Retake Fort Sackville
- Clark Learns about Hamilton's Move
- March to Vincennes - February 5, 1779
- March to Vincennes - February 15, 1779
- March to Vincennes - February 17, 1779
- March to Vincennes - February 22, 1779
- March to Vincennes - February 23, 1779 - The Dry Ground
- March to Vincennes - February 23, 1779 - Warriors Island
- March to Vincennes - February 23, 1779 - Clark Attacks the Fort
- The Fort under Siege - February 24, 1779
- Terms of Surrender Determined - February 24, 1779
- Clark and the End of the American Revolution
- Clark after the American Revolution
- Plat of Clark's Grant
- Additional Aspects of Clark's Life and Work
- Clark's Death
- Celebrating Clark
- Note on the Sources
- Who's Who
- Exhibit Bibliography
- Contributing Organizations