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Edmund Pendleton Gaines


Born in Culpepper County, Virginia. Entered the army as 2nd lieutenant in 1799. Promoted to lieutenant in 1802.

In 1807 Gaines arrested Aaron Burr for conspiracy. He was promoted to major and then lieutenant colonel.

In 1814 he served as brigadier general in defense of Fort Erie. The British attacked August 15, 1814. For the successful defense he received the thanks of Congress and a gold medal.

In 1832 he fought against the Black Hawk Indians. He died in New Orleans.

Congress honored Gaines with a gold medal by resolution November 3, 1814, for his service during the battle of Lake Erie. Dies were by Moritz Furst. A modern copy (USM 411) has been sold by the mint.

bio: ApCAB; DAB; Drake; Failor; Loubat; NCAB 9; TCBDA; WWWA-H

Source credit: Pete Smith, American Numismatic Biographies


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