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
Erected by United States Army.
Location. 39° 20.645′ N, 94° 54.928′ Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Leavenworth KS 66027, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Leavenworth.
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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.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 13, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 435 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on July 13, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 2, 3. submitted on July 12, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.