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2/4/2013 2:46:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
George Rogers Clark march Feb. 16 - rain or shine
VINCENNES - On Feb. 16, 1779, George Rogers Clark's army continued their trek to Vincennes.

They had been marching for 11 days and Capt. Joseph Bowman confided in his journal, "...our provisions began to be short." Little did the group know that they were still seven days away from reaching town and the worst of their journey remained. They found nothing but freezing water and "hard fortune."

Their greatest enemy would not be the British or the Indians, but the forces of nature. The only thing that kept them going was the fact that soon they would get revenge on the "Hairbuyer," Henry Hamilton, for his crimes.

In less than two weeks, on Feb. 16, exactly 234 years after Capt. Bowman wrote these words, the George Rogers Clark National Historical Park is inviting the public to join them for the annual George Roger Clark march.

Park officials said each year a group of individuals remember the exploits of George Rogers Clark by retracing a portion of the route his army followed into Vincennes.

Walkers will be loaded into a bus and then driven to a point along Clark's trail, 4 1/2 miles from Vincennes. Participants will then walk back to the park.

Walkers will travel a little less than half the distance that Clark and his men traveled after they crossed the Wabash River at St. Francisville, about 10-11 miles south of Vincennes.

The annual walk will begin at 10 a.m. (EST) on Feb. 16. The "adventure" is open to the public, but space is limited. This year, park staff and volunteers will take on the roles of those men and women who were a part of this historic march to Vincennes to experience their hardships and eventual triumph over the British.

Anyone wishing to participate should contact GRC National Historical Park Ranger Jason Collins at 812-882-1776, Ext. 207, by the close of business on Feb. 13.

Park officials said the walk will take place no matter what the weather conditions, so people are asked to dress appropriately.


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