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British Lieutenant Governor Henry Hamilton Surrendered
February 25, 1779

Before the Revolutionary War, hundreds of colonists and their families settled beyond the Appalachian Mountains and beyond the protection of the Colonies. When the war began, the settlers became vulnerable to attack not only from the Native Americans but also from the British.

Lieutenant Colonel George Rogers Clark learned that British Lieutenant Governor Henry Hamilton was paying Native Americans to raid the American settlements. With Virginia Governor Patrick Henry's support, Clark marshaled volunteers from among the frontiersmen and set out to attack British outposts along the Mississippi River. They also intended to capture Hamilton.

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