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Clay County Historical Markers

Gen. Edmund Pendleton Gaines


  • Source: David Seibert
  • Marker: Gen. Edmund Pendleton Gaines
  • Location: Courthouse in Fort Gaines

GEN. EDMUND PENDLETON GAINES

The son of James Gaines, Revolutionary soldier and relative of five Presidents, General Gaines (1777-1849) was born in Virginia. From 1801 to 1804 he built the military highway from Nashville, Tenn., to Natchez, Miss. He made the arrest of Aaron Burr in 1807 and was a witness at his trial. For the defense of Fort Erie in 1814 against a long, heavy British attack, he was brevetted Major-General and given the thanks of Congress. He fought in the Seminole and Creek Wars and was in command of the Western Department of the Army in the Mexican War. A pioneer advocate of military highways and steamboat transportation, he was an American patriot .

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