VINCENNES, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV)– For fans of American history, an annual event retracing the footsteps of a Revolutionary War Soldier is making its in-person return this month.
The George Rogers Clark march will be on Saturday, Feb. 25th. Chief Ranger at George Rogers Clark National Park Joe Herron said it consists of going the final five miles of Clark’s journey to Fort Sackville, a British base he eventually captured.
“We talk about everything he encountered, everyone they met along the way,” Herron said. “We read from the journal kind of describing it a bit like a staff ride. In some ways, the march here is just as compelling a story as the battle itself.”
The group will meet at the park’s visitors center, and then they will take a bus to the spot five miles out where the walk begins. The last two years it’s been hosted virtually– and Herron said that option still exists for those who can’t come in-person. He said he is happy to host dozens of history enthusiasts who get to see the connection the Revolutionary War has to the Wabash Valley.
“One thing we always work for is the “ah-ha” moments, the realization people have, the connection they’re able to make with history,” he said. “For most people this is going to be their first George Rogers Clark march, so for them to actually have some realization of what the men went through way back in 1779, that is such a good thing for us to see them make the connection.”
Herron said it is not required to wear clothing that is accurate to the time period. The deadline to register is Feb. 22nd, and can be done by calling the park office.