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Indiana Historical Bureau

Indiana Historical Bureau

IHB > Historical Markers > Find a Marker > Westernmost Naval Battle of the Revolution Westernmost Naval Battle of the Revolution

Westernmost Naval Battle of the Revolution

Location: 0.7 mile south of junction of SR 58 & US 41, between Old US 41/Earl J. Abe Rogers Road & new US 41, Carlisle. (Sullivan County, Indiana)

Erected by the Sullivan County Historical Society 1985

ID# : 77.1985.1


On 25 February 1779 Col. George Rogers Clark captured Ft. Sackville at Vincennes from the British. About 6 miles west at Pointe Coupee on the Wabash River on 2 March 1779 Capt. Leonard Helm commanding 3 boats and 50 volunteers from Vincennes captured a reinforcement fleet of 7 boats carrying 40 soldiers and valuable supplies and Indian trade goods. This small naval battle completed destruction of British military strength in the Wabash Valley.