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Date of Erection of Fort by Morgan Sieur de Vincennes
-Fort's Removal-Camp Knox
Biographical Sketches: Francois Morgan Sieur de Vin
Colonel George Rogers Clark — Reverend
Biographical Sketches, Continued: Governor William
Henry Harrison-General Zachary Taylor-John Duf-
Grand Army of the Republic-Ben-Hur Lodge—Elks
Miscellaneous: The Press—University Library-Catholic
Church Library - City Library – Banks — Board of
Governor Harrison's Residence-His Pow-wow with Te
cumseh-Battle of Tippecanoe
Clubs: Pastime–Fortnightly–Gibault Reading - Pal
Old Houses: American Hotel-Prison-Cotton
Facts and Legends: Population–First Theatre—The Old
Ferry- Primeval Conveyances — The “Old Trysting
Table of Illustrations.
Hubbard Madison Smith, M. D.
Frontispiece Fort Sackville
58 Map showing Location of Fort Knox after its removal.
67 Camp Knox....
71 Old Town Hall
79 John Badollet
82 Vincennes University
90 Old St. Xavier Catholic Church .
118 New St. Xavier Catholic Cathedral
125 Presbyterian Church
127 Methodist Episcopal Church
132 General George Rogers Clark
145 Reverend Pierre Gibault
156 Colonel Francis Vigo
161 Governor William Henry Harrison .
169 General Zachary Taylor....
174 Nathaniel Ewing..
184 John Wise .....
187 Parke-Wise Residence..
188 Samuel Judah
190 Cyrus M. Allen
201 Old American Hotel Old Cotton Mill
254 Governor William Henry Harrison's Residence..
The lethargy that has possessed the people in regard to the incidents connected with the early history of Vincennes seems to have been happily dispelled by that superb historical romance entitled, “Alice of Old Vincennes,” by the lamented and gifted author, Maurice Thompson; and, from general inquiry, a contribution on the subject, it is presumed, would be acceptable to many who take an interest in it.
No other part of the territory of our vast domain can claim greater interest than it does, considering the contentions for it, and the momentous results that have followed its conquest. Hence, believing this to be an opportune time to give the public a succinct and as correct a history as is possible with the materials known to exist at this late day, I have ventured to assume the task.
In dealing with the main subject, collateral matters more or less connected have been treated of and statistical information given that should be interesting to all Indianians, and more especially to Vincennes people. The mists of time have been gradually covering from sight and memory many interesting views and facts of early years in this region, and, if not rescued now and made a matter of record, they will soon be lost forever. If, in my efforts to winnow from tradition and isolated records I have rescued but a few facts and items of interest from oblivion, I will consider my task of research not to have been in vain.
The author appreciates the encouraging words from friends in his labor to settle points of doubtful authenticity regarding Old Vincennes; and he is especially under obligations to the Hon. Charles G. McCord, for facts gleaned from the records of our Courts, and Hon. Robert W. Miers, M. C., and Hon. Charles M. Staley, of the Engineering Department United States Army, Washington, D. C., for facts in the Government's archives, and to the Hon. Jacob P. Dunn, Secretary Indiana Historical Society, for data relating to the early settlement of Vincennes, through Hon. John K. Gowdy, United States Consul-General, Paris, France; and to Mr. Elbridge Gardner, an octogenarian and native of Vincennes; Mrs. Elizabeth Andre, now in her ninety-third year, and Mr. Vital Bouchie, in his ninety-second year of age.
HUBBARD M. SMITH, M. D.
Vincennes, Ind., October, 1902.