IN.gov - Skip Navigation

Note: This message is displayed if (1) your browser is not standards-compliant or (2) you have you disabled CSS. Read our Policies for more information.

Indiana Historical Bureau

George Rogers Clark > 225th Anniversary Exhibit > Clark Learns about Hamilton's Move Clark Learns about Hamilton's Move

On January 29, 1779, Mr. Francis Vigo, a Spanish merchant, arrived from Vincennes and told Clark about Hamilton's take over.

From Clark's Memoir:

"We now viewed ourselves in a very critical situation . . . . We knew that Governor Hamilton, in the spring . . . would be at the head of such a force that nothing in this quarter could withstand his arms; that Kentucky must immediately fall, and well if the desolation would end there . . . . We saw but one alternative, which was to attack the enemy in their quarters. . . . the enemy could not suppose that we should be so mad as to attempt to march eighty leagues through a drowned country in the depths of winter; that they would be off their guard and probably would not think it worth while to keep out spies; that . . . we might surprise them."

Clark Reviews the Route to Vincennes

Colonel Francis Vito Portrait & Bio

225th Anniversary Exhibit