Fort Sackville

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Fort Sackville (1760-1783) - A British colonial fort established on the site of the French Fort Vincennes in 1760 during the French & Indian War in present day Vincennes, Knox County, Indiana. The British claimed the site in 1760 but did not occupy it until 1766 and rebuilt it in 1777. Named for George Sackville, British Secretary of State. Briefly captured by Patriots in 1778 during the Revolutionary War and captured again by Colonel George Rogers Clark in 1779 and renamed Fort Patrick Henry (2) for the Governor of Virginia. Abandoned in 1783.

Fort Sackville History

A British colonial fort established on the site of the French Fort Vincennes in 1760 during the French & Indian War. The British claimed the site in 1760 but did not occupy it until 1766. The post was rebuilt starting in 1777 with barracks for four companies and two blockhouses with five cannons each. The rebuilt fort was completed in February 1779 surrounded by an 11 foot high stockade.

The fort was briefly captured for a month by Patriots in 1778 during the Revolutionary War. The fort was captured again by Patriot Colonel George Rogers Clark in 1779 after a 160 mile winter march that took the British garrison by surprise. The fort was abandoned in 1783 at the end of the Revolutionary War.

Current Status

George Rogers Clark National Historical Park in Vincennes, Knox County, Indiana. A national memorial was placed on the site of the fort by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.


Location: George Rogers Clark National Historical Park in Vincennes, Knox County, Indiana.

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Lat: 38.679194 Long: -87.535594

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