British march

British march

December 16, 2023 @ 1:00 pm 3:00 pm

On December 16, 2023, park staff and volunteers will offer visitors the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of British Lt. Governor Henry Hamilton and his soldiers as they made their march to Vincennes in 1778. Their journey to Fort Sackville challenged the soldiers with uncertain weather conditions, ice-choked rivers, and constant fear of ambush. After a long grueling march, Hamilton and his men arrived in Vincennes on December 17, 1778. The British would hold the fort for over two months before Clark launched his “winter surprise” to retake the region.

The march will begin at the park’s visitor center at 1:00pm, at which point visitors will carpool to Kimmell Park (the spot believed to be where Hamilton’s men disembarked from their boats.). Visitors will then hike the approximate 2 miles back to the Clark Memorial. Along the way, Chief Ranger Joe Herron will share the story of the British march and the difficult journey that lay ahead for those men. Please wear comfortable shoes and seasonally appropriate clothing for a two mile hike.

There is no charge for the program, but we ask that those planning to attend register. To register for the event or for more information please contact park staff at 812.882.1776, ext. 1210.

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