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This Day in Georgia History

January 08, 1827

James Holt Clanton Born

James Holt Clanton was born in Columbia County, Ga. He became a lawyer and fought in the Mexican War. With the outbreak of the Civil War, Clanton became a colonel in the 1st Alabama Cavalry and fought in the Battle of Shiloh. He fought in the Atlanta Campaign and in Nov. 1863 was promoted to brigadier general. After the war, he returned to the practice of law. He was killed in Knoxville, Tenn. on Sept. 27, 1871 – apparently by a former Union officer who was drunk.