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First Name: Lachlan

Last Name: McIntosh

Birthplace: GBR

Gender: Male

Branch: Continental Army (1775 - 1784)

Date of Birth: 17 March 1725

Date of Death: 20 February 1806

Rank: Major General

Years Served:
Lachlan McIntosh

•  Revolutionary War (1775 - 1783)


Lachlan McIntosh
Major General, Continental Army

Lachlan McIntosh was born on 17 March 1725 in Scotland. He moved with his family to Georgia in 1736.

At the start of the Revolutionary War, he was a wealthy merchant and a leader in the independence movement in Georgia. In January 1776, he was commissioned Colonel of the Georgia Militia and repelled a British assault at the Battle of Rice Boats on the Savannah River.

Promoted to Brigadier General in the Continental Army, he was in charge of defense of Georgia's southern flank from British incursions from Florida. In 1777, he was in a bitter political dispute with Speaker of the Georgia Provisional Congress, Button Gwinnett, which resulted in McIntosh killing Gwinnett in a duel.

In May 1778, McIntosh was promoted to Major General in command of the Western Continental Army and he led regiments during the Siege of Savannah. After the Battle of Charleston in May 1780, McIntosh was taken prisoner and remained in captivity until he was exchanged in February 1782.

After the war, he was appointed a Commissioner to treaty with the southern American Indian tribes and was part of the delegation that officially welcomed President George Washington to Georgia in 1791.

Death and Burial

Major General Lachlan McIntosh died on 20 February 1806. He is buried at Colonial Park Cemetery in Savannah, GA.

Honoree ID: 2837   Created by: MHOH




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