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Duncan L. (Lamont) Clinch
April 6, 1787 Duncan Lamont Clinch born, Edgecombe County, North Carolina
  Duncan L. (Lamont) Clinch
April 20, 1829 Duncan Clinch promoted to Brigadier General
  Duncan L. (Lamont) Clinch
December 31, 1835 Battle of Withlachoochee in the Semiole Indian War
  Duncan L. (Lamont) Clinch
September 21, 1836 Duncan Clinch resigns his commission in the army and settles near St. Marys, Camden County, Georgia
  Duncan L. (Lamont) Clinch
  Camden County, Georgia
November 27, 1849 Duncan Lamont Clinch dies, Macon, Georgia
  City of Macon, Georgia
  Duncan L. (Lamont) Clinch
February 14, 1850 Clinch County created
  Duncan L. (Lamont) Clinch
  Creation of Georgia Counties
  Clinch County, Georgia


Duncan Lamont Clinch today is best remembered for the Georgia county and Florida fort that bears his name. Clinch's stand against the Seminoles during the First Seminole War endeared him to slaveowners in Georgia. Hearing that slaves and Indians were fortifying positions along West Florida rivers, Clinch and his men secured a forward position, provisioned the site then waited as a naval force moved up the Appalachacola River to find the slaves and Indians. When the stronghold was discovered, the gunboats opened fire and quickly hit the magazine. The resulting explosion destroyed the fort and killed most of the inhabitants. Georgian slaveholders had been afraid that the fortified position might attract runaway slaves.

During the Second Seminole War Clinch was once again called to quell the Seminole uprising. At the Battle of Withlacoochee, Clinch advanced from Fort Drane to a position in the proximity of a large Seminole camp near the Withlachoochee. On the morning of Dec. 31 he attacked the entrenched position of the Seminoles, who stood their ground until Clinch withdrew. Clinch returned to Fort Drane with minor losses.





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