Clark and His Men
AT the time of the Revolution there were but few people living on the
north side of the
The Indians were sent by British officers to do this killing. There
was a British fort at
George Rogers Clark was an American colonel. He wanted to stop the murder of the settlers by the Indians. He thought that he could do it by taking the British posts.
He had three hundred men. They went down the
The people living in Kaskaskia were French. By treating them well, Clark made them all friendly to the Americans.
When the British at
But Clark thought that he would not wait to be taken. He thought that
he would just go and take the British. If he could manage to get to
Clark started with a hundred and seventy men. The country was nearly all covered with water. The men were in the wet almost all the time. Clark had hard work to keep his men cheerful. He did everything he could to amuse them.
They had to wade through deep rivers. The water was icy cold. But Clark made a joke of it. He kept them laughing whenever he could.
At one place the men refused to go through the freezing water. Clark
The little drummer was soon seated high on the shoulders of the tall man. "Now go ahead!" said Clark.
The soldier marched into the water. The little drummer beat a march on his drum. Clark cried out, "Forward!" Then he plunged into the water after the tall soldier. All the men went in after him. They were soon safe on the other side.
At another river the little drummer was floated over on the top of his
At last the men drew near to
Clark's men got frightened at last, and then they had no heart to go
any farther. But Clark remembered what the Indians did when they went
to war. He took a little
With his face blackened like an Indian's, he gave an Indian war-whoop. The men followed him again.
The men were tired and hungry. But they soon reached dry ground. They
were now in sight of the fort. Clark marched his little army round and
round in such a way as to make it seem that he had many men with him.
He wrote a fierce letter to the British
After some fighting, the British