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This Day in Georgia History

June 29, 1721

Johann De Kalb Born

Johan De Kalb was born in Germany. In 1777, De Kalb accompanied the Marquis de Lafayette and a group of French soldiers to America to fight the British. The Continental Congress made De Kalb a major general in the Continental Army. In 1780, DeKalb was fatally wounded in battle at Camden, South Carolina. In 1822, the Georgia General Assembly recognized the Revolutionary War hero by creating DeKalb County.