George Rogers Clark Papers,1780-1802

Descriptive Summary

Title
George Rogers Clark Papers,1780-1802
Creator
Clark, George Rogers, 1752-1818
Extent
18 items
Subjects
Clark's Expedition to the Illinois, 1777 -1779-- Sources.
Virginia-- Militia-- Recruiting, enlistment, etc.-- Revolution, 1775-1783-- Sources.
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Repository
The Filson Historical Society

Collection Overview

Scope and Content
Revolutionary War soldier and pioneer. Clark's correspondence, original and photocopied, discusses Indian activities; business and financial affairs; raising troops in Virginia; and the location of Fort Jefferson. Other papers include land warrants and grants; and a 1794 commission made by Clark as "Maj-Gen. in the armies of France and Commander of the French Revolutionary Legion of the Mississippi." Also included in the collection is Clark's famous "Mason Letter." This seventy-five page report to George Mason, dated 19 November 1779 at Louisville, is the definitive account of his successful Illinois campaign. It was dictated to his secretary, Angus Cameron, and is signed by Clark. Published in Henry Pirtle's Col. George Rogers Clark's Sketch of his Campaign in the Illinois in 1778-9 (1869) and George Rogers Clark Papers, 1771-1781 (Coll. Illinois State Historical Library, vol. VIII