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This Day in Georgia History

June 24, 1839

John Floyd Died

Planter, former Georgia militia general, and former congressman John Floyd (1769-1839) died in Camden County, Georgia. During the early 1800s, he successfully fought the Creek Indians on Georgia’s western frontier, a fact leading the Georgia legislature to create Floyd County in 1833. During the War of 1812, his forces joined those of Andrew Jackson in fighting the Upper Creeks in Alabama. In 1813, Gen. Floyd led a detachment of 950 members of the Georgia Militia into Alabama and killed several hundred Creek Indians in surprise attacks at Autossee and Tallassee. Later, he would serve in the Georgia General Assembly and one term in Congress. At the time of his death, he owned 230 slaves and large land holdings in Camden and McIntosh counties.