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This Day in Georgia History

March 07, 1827

Henry DeLamar Clayton Born

Lawyer and Confederate general Henry DeLamar Clayton was born in Pulaski County, Georgia. He practiced law until March 1861, when he became a colonel in the 1st Alabama. Clayton subsequently recruited the 39th Alabama and served as its commander during the Kentucky campaign and the Battle of Murfreesboro. In April 1863, he was promoted to brigadier general, serving at the battles of Chickamauga and Missionary Ridge and during the Sherman’s Atlanta Campaign. In July 1864, Clayton was promoted to major general. Thereafter, he commanded A.P. Stewart’s Division at Jonesboro, Franklin, and during the Nashville and Carolinas campaign. After the war, Clayton practiced law, was elected to the post of circuit judge, and served as president of the University of Alabama from 1886 until his death on Oct. 13, 1889. He was buried in Eufala, Ala.