George Rogers Clark – February 7, 1779

Experience the American dream with today’s Patriot of the Past interview. I’m your host, John Gillespie.

It’s February 7, 1779. I’m with Lieutenant Colonel George Rogers Clark and his Rangers as we approach Fort Vincennes in southwestern Indiana.

JG: “Mr. Clark, what is your objective?”

GRC: “Mr. Gillespie, we will capture this British control fort and open up the Indiana territory west of the Mississippi and north to the Great Lakes.”

Clark’s Rangers did capture the fort and this victory helped secure the western flank of the American colonies, opening the door for westward expansion.

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John and Jan Gillespie are the founders of the Rawhide Boys’ Ranch; they have fostered 351 teenagers and wrote the book Our 351 Sons; they have also assisted numerous churches in developing youth programs and expanding their total church ministries. After running for U.S. Senate, John founded 1776 American Dream, which exists to demonstrate the vision of our founding fathers and help our generation of youth passionately embrace those values.

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