First Mad River Light Artillery


In 1779, Colonel George Rogers Clark, commander of the Illinois Regiment of Virginia State Troops, assaulted British held positions in present-day Illinois and Indiana, which culminated in the taking of the town of Vincennes, the capture of Lt. Governor Henry Hamilton, "The Hair Buyer", and obtaining some artillery, including a Light 6 Pounder made in 1755...

In 1780, the Shawnee town of Peckuwe was a major base of operations for the British army and their Native Allies.  Used as a storage and training area, as well as a breadbasket, the town of Peckuwe was frequented by Natives and their British advisers, and boasted a British Army-built stockade.  On August 8 of that year, Colonel Clark had taken 1000 men from the Kentucky country, invaded to the north of the Ohio, and was poised just south of the native village.  His objective was to destroy the village, its 800 acres of growing corn, and its stockade.  To accomplish the last, he brought with him the very same 6 pounder he had captured from Vincennes the previous year...

...and now, that 6 pounder once again guards the site of its greatest glory, The Battle of Peckuwe...

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