Transcript of obituary for General Duncan Lamont Clinch (appeared in the "Messenger," Macon, Georgia, December 5, 1849) ...


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Transcript of obituary for General Duncan Lamont Clinch (appeared in the "Messenger," Macon, Georgia, December 5, 1849) with annotation by his granddaughter Eliza Mackintosh Clinch Anderson Lawton
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Biographical writings about General Clinch. 1849-1900s
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Clinch, Duncan Lamont, 1787-1849
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North America -- United States of America -- Georgia -- Macon

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Jacon Geergia,Wednesday,December 5,1849

In our lastw,e announced the serious illness of this distinguished
citizen and patri-ot.. -/Little did we think that before -that sheet would
reach a single reader,his spirit would have departed to join these-of Worth ,
Gaines,and His other early companions in arms. Such however was the decree
of fate. The stern messenger of death came,and the eye that never quailed,
and the heart that never faltered in battle,are new dim and still in death.
Gen.Clinch died in this city,at the Floyd House,a few moments
nine eocleck,en Tuesday night last. His disease was Eresypelas. He
was attacked the night before his departure,from his summer residence in
Habersham County,with what he supposed to be rhumatism. Anxious to reach
his plantation in Camden,he left the subsequent morning according to appoint-
-ment,with his family,and rede in the stage from Clarkesvill6 to the Stone
Mountain. Upon his arrival at the Mountain,his sufferings were intense,
but he still persevered in pursuing his Journey. When he reached Macon,
it was found impossible to proce~difutther. Medical aid was accordingly
procured,and for a few days he seemed to be recovering. On Saturday
before his death,however,the disease assumed a mere inflammatory character,
and it became apparent that his constituti n was rapidly sinking under it's
___ravages. Consulting physicains were accordingly called,and everything
done which medical skill or science could -Iffect. But all was in vain.
He continued to sink rapidly until Tu sday night,when he expired
almost without a struggle. In his last illness,Gen.Clinch had the
tender and affectionate attentions of his amiable and accomplished lady,of
two ef his daughters and one sen,who were sleepless and unremitting in their
efforts to sooeethe his sufferings,and smooth the pillow of death. He re-
tained his reason almost to the last. A few days before his demise,we had
a protracted conversation with him.- His mind seemed to be greatly agitated
in regard to the present state of the country. He was apprehensive
that* the entmies of the Union,both North and South,might. be enabled to cre-
ate such an excitementlen the slavery question,as to endaler the safety and
perpetuity of our institutions. His only hope,he said was in the moder-
ation of Cengress,and the wisdom and firmness of Gen.Tayler.# # They had
served for years in the same Regiment,-had been as intimate as brothers.
He knew the temperament,the feelings and opinions of General
Taylor,and felt assured that he never would. sanction any measure that would
endager the Union or encourage. & enemies. They were both se@thern men
by birth,by interest,by asseciation,feeling and affection,and he would as
soon expect to seea son plunge a dagger to the heart of his own mother,as
to set General Taylor sanction any Legislative action that would destroy the
south. Theyviews were expressed with an earnestness and a simplicity whick
proved that the eld here was true to the last in his patriotic devotion
to his country. He died as he lived-a pure,disinterested,warm-hearted de-
votee teprinciple. On Wednesday evening his remains
were escorted by the Floyd Rifles,the Macoe& Volunteers and a large concurs
of citizens,te the Central Depot,where they remained in charge of the
military during the night. On Tersday they were accompanied by a detach..-
ment of each coers to Savannah,where they were inter* with military honors.
Immediately on receipt of the intelligence of his death at Milledgeville,
resolutions expressive of his valuable services and of the ,public cordolenct
for his loss,were presented to the Legislature and unanimously adopted.
We question whether an,' citizen of Georgia has ever lived more
universally beleved,er died more universally regretted. In his habits,
General Clinch was simple and unostentatious-in his dealing with others,he
was scrupulously just-in his intercourse,he was always affable and polite-
he was,in a word,a complete embodiment of the soldier and the gentleman-a
true friend-a bold and fearless enemy.
We shall not attempt,in this brief notice,to speak of his many aK->
and distinguished services'. Ample materials,however,are in our possession
and we may do so hereafter. He was a native of North Carolina,but has,
ever since the close of.the war of 1812 been identified with Georgia.
He entered the when quite young,and rose during the war to the
----- ak of Lieutenant C@lnel. Owing -e #his distinguished services,
he was retained upen the disbanding of the forces,and was immediately
placed in command upon the frontier. Here again his judgment and gal-
lantry were exhibited in quelling Indian disturbances and protecting the
lives and property of the citizens. His distinguished services in
Florida are yet fresh in the memory of every man familiar with the history
of the times. He, there proved himself- net: dtlytthe gallant soldier,anl
the pure patriot,but the humane hostitable gentlaman. He was literally
a father to the Volunteers-he fed .anid clothe and nurse them as if they
had been his own children. They loved him for it,and will revere his
memory,now that he has been"gathered to his fathers." Peace to his
ashes"-hener to his memory"- a braver man never lived-a purer patriot nev-
er died.

2 He spoke of the 'resident with the utmost confidence

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