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The Great Exploit of George Rogers Clark

In the summer of 1778, during the Revolutionary War, Colonel George Rogers Clark with less than 200 soldiers made an expedition from Kentucky to Kaskaskia, in present-day Illinois. They took the British post there completely by surprise, conquering it without casualties. In February 1779 Col. Clark, with only about 100 men, followed up by marching …

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American Revolution: Correspondence of British Commanders in the West

The “Haldimand Papers” are documents, mainly military correspondence, preserved by Sir Frederick Haldimand, who served as the Governor of the Province of Quebec from 1778-1784. The collection was maintained in the archives of Canada at Ottawa in 1886 when representatives of the Michigan Pioneer and Historical Society began visiting the archives to copy documents. The …

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Revolutionary War in the Northwest: American Commanders’ Correspondence

Military correspondence among American commanders throughout the Northwest, between those commanders and General George Washington, and with civilians involved in the war effort. The Revolutionary War in the old Northwest (Great Lakes region) isn’t covered in detail in most histories of the war. Battles were small-scale, and few regular army troops and resources were committed …

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