Gen. Rogers Clarke Biography

Submitted by Alice Warner

Author: Howe

Gen. Rogers Clarke, from whom this county derived its name, was an officer of
the revolution, of undaunted coolness and courage. In addition to the facts
given on p. 116, [[In Archives, statewide files]] we have a single anecdote to
relate, published in the "Notes of an Old Officer." At the treaty of Fort
Washington, where Clarke had but 70 men, 300 Shawnees appeared in the council
chamber. Their chief made a boisterous speech, and then placed on the table a
belt of white and black wampum, to intimate they were ready for either peace or
war, while his 300 savages applauded him by a terrific yell. At the table sat
Clarke with only two or three other persons. Clarke, who was leaning on his
elbow with apparent unconcern, with his rattan coolly pushed the wampum on to
the floor. Then rising as the savages muttered their indignation, he trampled on
the belt, and with a look of stern defiance and a voice of thunder, that made
the stoutest heart quail, bade them instantly quit the hall. They involuntarily
left, and the next day sued for peace. Gen. Clarke died in Kentucky in 1817.

Additional Comments:
From "Historical Collections of Virginia, by Henry Howe, 1845."

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