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Plan of the Town of Clarksville | Drawing | Wisconsin Historical Society

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Plan of the Town of Clarksville

Plan of the Town of Clarksville | Drawing | Wisconsin Historical Society
Hand-drawn plan for the layout of the town of Clarksville, bordering Mayfield Creek and Liberty Creek. Fort Jefferson is shown between the townsite and the Mississippi River.  The fort was built in April 1780 by Gen. George Rogers Clark on the east side of the Mississippi River just south of the mouth of the Ohio River, as part of impressive plan of settlement, conceived by Governor Patrick Henry of Virginia, to protect the US claim to its western border and to be a key trading post. It was abandoned in July 1781 after attacks by the Chickasaw, but was resettled after the Jackson Purchase in 1818 and became an important Union post during the Civil War. The location (then part of Virginia, now in Ballard County, western Kentucky), about 1 mile south of Wickliffe, is designated by a historic marker.
DESCRIPTION
Hand-drawn plan for the layout of the town of Clarksville, bordering Mayfield Creek and Liberty Creek. Fort Jefferson is shown between the townsite and the Mississippi River. The fort was built in April 1780 by Gen. George Rogers Clark on the east side of the Mississippi River just south of the mouth of the Ohio River, as part of impressive plan of settlement, conceived by Governor Patrick Henry of Virginia, to protect the US claim to its western border and to be a key trading post. It was abandoned in July 1781 after attacks by the Chickasaw, but was resettled after the Jackson Purchase in 1818 and became an important Union post during the Civil War. The location (then part of Virginia, now in Ballard County, western Kentucky), about 1 mile south of Wickliffe, is designated by a historic marker.
RECORD DETAILS
Image ID:6532
Creation Date:circa 1780
Creator Name:Unknown
City:Clarksville
County:
State:Kentucky
Collection Name:Draper manuscripts: William Clark papers, 1780-1804
Genre:Drawing
Original Format Type:drawings
Original Format Number:Draper Mss M
Original Dimensions:6 x 8 inches
SUBJECTS
Cities and towns
Maps

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