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Gen Elijah Clarke

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Gen Elijah Clarke

  • Birth 1736 Edgecombe County, North Carolina, USA
  • Death 5 Dec 1799 Lincolnton, Lincoln County, Georgia, USA
  • Burial Lincolnton, Lincoln County, Georgia, USA
  • Plot Elijah and Hannah Clarke Memorial
  • Memorial ID 26994641

American Revolutionary War General. His actions in the southern campaign, primarily as a partisan commander, earned him the nickname "Hero of the Hornet's Nest." In 1781 he helped drive the British out of Augusta, Georgia, for which he was promoted to brigadier general and awarded land in that state. After the war Clarke served in the Georgia state assembly from 1781 to 1790, and was also commissioner for Georgia treaties with Native American groups. Today a state park and a Georgia county bear his name. Clarke and his war exploits served as one of the sources for the fictional character Benjamin Martin in the film "The Patriot" (2000). His son John Clark served as governor of Georgia from 1819 to 1823.

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  • Originally Created by: Ray Bobo
  • Added: 22 May 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 26994641
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Gen Elijah Clarke (1736–5 Dec 1799), Find A Grave Memorial no. 26994641, citing Elijah Clark State Park, Lincolnton, Lincoln County, Georgia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .