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Bakeless, John. Background to Glory: The Life of George Rogers Clark. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1957.
Well-written, entertaining account of Clark's life.

Barnhart, John D., ed. Henry Hamilton and George Rogers Clark in the American Revolution. Crawfordsville, Ind.: R. E. Banta, 1951.
Good, general biography of Hamilton; contains his journal recounting the expedition from Detroit to Vincennes, the fall of Fort Sackville, and his subsequent imprisonment in Virginia.

Barnhart, John D., and Dorothy L. Riker. Indiana to 1816: The Colonial Period. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Bureau & Indiana Historical Society, 1971.
Authoritative account of early Indiana includes excellent information concerning Clark and the historical context in which his activities took place.

Bearss, Edwin C. George Rogers Clark: Vincennes Sites Study and Evaluation, George Rogers Clark National Historical Park, Vincennes, Indiana. Washington, D.C.: Division of History, Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1967.
Good secondary source with very useful maps.

Bearss, Edwin C. George Rogers Clark Memorial: George Rogers Clark National Historical Park, Historic Structures Report. Washington, D.C.: Office of History and Historic Architecture, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1970.
Useful secondary source; includes information about the Indiana Commission.

Carruth, Gorton. The Encyclopedia of American Facts and Dates. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1993.
Extensive, easy-to-read timeline of American history.

Commemorative History of the George Rogers Clark Bicentennial Exhibit. Indianapolis: Indiana State Museum Society, 1976.

Donnelly, Joseph P. Pierre Gibault, Missionary, 1737-1802. Chicago: Loyola University Press, 1971.
Interesting biography of Gibault's sometimes stormy, sometimes controversial relationship with his superiors and his parishioners. Also covered is his critical role in the Clark campaign.

English, William Hayden. Conquest of the Country Northwest of the River Ohio, 1778-1783 and Life of Gen. George Rogers Clark. 2 vols. Indianapolis: The Bowen-Merrill Company, 1896, 1897.
Excellent work, which first brought together important Clark materials; still considered by many the best available source on Clark and the Illinois campaign.

The French, The Indians, and George Rogers Clark in the Illinois Country. Proceedings of an Indiana American Revolution Bicentennial Symposium. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society, 1977.
Interesting, well-annotated essays.

Indiana Historical Bureau, Web site at <www.IN.gov/history>.
Site contains complete versions of Clark's Memoir, Hamilton's Journal, Bowman's Journal, and other relevant material as possible including the 2004 George Rogers Clark exhibit.

James, James Alton, ed. George Rogers Clark Papers, Vol. 1, 1771-1781, Vol. 2, 1781-1784. Reprint ed., New York: AMS Press, Inc., 1972.
Originally published in 1912 and 1926 as part of the Collections of the Illinois State Historical Library, Virginia series. Transcriptions reflect the content and style of the original documents. Includes all documents in English's work and many which are not included in English's work.

James, James Alton. The Life of George Rogers Clark. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1928.
Excellent study, based on the author's work with the primary sources.

Robertson, James Rood. Petitions of Early Inhabitants of Kentucky to the General Assembly of Virginia 1769 to 1792. Louisville: John P. Morton and Co., 1914. Reprint ed., Easley: Southern Historical Press, 1981.
Valuable primary sources; a Filson Historical Society publication.

Schiavo, Giovanni. "Col. Vigo's Contribution to the Winning of the Northwest," Atlantica (March 1930).

Seineke, Kathrine Wagner. The George Rogers Clark Adventure in the Illinois and Selected Documents of the American Revolution at the Frontier Posts. New Orleans: Polyanthos, 1981.
Well-researched secondary source containing many primary documents.

Thomas, Lowell. The Hero of Vincennes: The Story of George Rogers Clark. Illustrations by F. C. Yohn. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1929.
The story of Clark and his Illinois campaign to the end of Clark's military career; reflects the knowledge and perceptions of the period.

Waller, George M. The American Revolution in the West. Chicago: Nelson-Hall, 1976.
Good and readable narrative history completed for the bicentennial.

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