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NEWNAN, Daniel, soldier, born in North Carolina about 1780; died in Walker county, Georgia, 16 January, 1851. He was commissioned ensign and 2d lieutenant in the 4th United States infantry, 3 March, 1799, promoted 1st lieutenant the following November, and resigned, 1 January, 1802. He commanded the Georgia volunteers as colonel of militia in two actions with the East Florida Indians in September and October, 1812, was conspicuous in an attack on the Autossee towns of the Creek Indians under General John Floyd, 29 November, 1813, was promoted lieutenant-colonel the following month, and severely wounded in an engagement with the Creeks at Camp Defiance under the same commanding officer, 27 January, 1814. After the cessation of hostilities he resided on a plantation in McDonough, Henry County, Georgia, and became adjutant and inspector-general of state militia. He was elected to congress as a state-rights Democrat, and served from 5 December, 1831, till 2 March, 1833.
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