Fort Leavenworth in Leavenworth County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Captain William Clark
1770 - 1838
Captain William Clark epitomized the best qualities of the American citizen-soldier and their seminal contributions to the development of the United States. Clark was born 1 August, 1770 to a modest, but accomplished and fiercely patriotic Virginia family. Clark began his military career at 19 in the Kentucky militia. Transferred to the Regular Army as a lieutenant, he served in challenging postings in the "Old North-West" where, Clark wrote, he "...learned how to build forts, draw maps, lead pack trains through enemy country, and fight Indians on their ground." By 1795, rising on sheer merit, Clark was a captain in command of a small frontier post. One of his subordinate officers was Ensign Meriwether Lewis and the two established a friendship which would result in one of the most successful military collaborations in history. In 1803, after the acquisition of the vast Louisiana Territory, President Jefferson and Captain Lewis were developing a plan to explore the key geographic and economic features of this new American frontier. To aid in this daunting undertaking, Lewis avidly recruited his old friend Clark, by then returned to private life, as co-leader for the "Corps of Discovery." Clark was given a commission as a "Volunteer" Captain and set about helping Lewis to recruit soldiers and finalize preparations for the expedition.
Erected by United States Army.
Location. 39° 20.645′ N, 94° 54.928′ W. Marker is in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, in Leavenworth County. Marker is on Stimson Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at the entrance to the Lewis and Clark Center.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Captain Meriwether Lewis (a few steps from this marker); General Creighton W. Abrams (within shouting distance of this marker); The United States Army Command and General Staff College (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Buffalo Soldier Monument (approx. ¼ mile away); General Roscoe Robinson Jr. (approx. ¼ mile away); BG Benjamin H. Grierson (approx. ¼ mile away); 555th Parachute Infantry Company (approx. ¼ mile away); General Colin L. Powell (approx. ¼ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Fort Leavenworth.
More about this marker. Public access to the post is possible with proper identification, subject to U.S. Army regulations.
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Also see . . .
1. Captain William Clark Bio. (Submitted on July 13, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. William Clark Bio. (Submitted on July 13, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. (Submitted on July 13, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Environment • Exploration • Forts, Castles • Patriots & Patriotism •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 348 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 2, 3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.