George Rogers Clark
|George Rogers Clark was born into an Established church household on November 19,
1752, near Monticello, Albemrie County, Virginia. In 1809 he had a stroke and fell
unconscious in front of his fireplace, burning one of his legs so badly that it had to be
amputated. Clark was then moved to Locust Grove,
the home of his younger sister, Lucy (Clark) Croghan, near Louisville, where he remained
for nine years. In 1813 a second stroke left him paralyzed. On February 13,
1818, Clark suffered a third stroke, which took his life. Clark was initially buried
in the Croghan family cemetery at Locust Grove, but his remains were exhumed in 1869 and
buried in Louisville's Cave Hill Cemetery.
In August of 1780, Clark led a major assault against the Shawnee, who were firm allies
of the British. The Shawnee had on many previous occasions crossed the Ohio River,
raided Kentucky settlements, and returned north with scalps and prisoners. Clark
traveled north to attack the Shawnee at their major village of Piqua, near present day
Springfield, Ohio. The Shawnee escaped unharmed, having had advance warning of
Clark's approach, but Clark's army destroyed the Shawnee village and their winter's supply
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