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Gaines, Edmund Pendleton 1777-1849 Military officer; born in Culpeper county, Va., March 20, 1777; removed with his family to Tennessee in 1790; entered the army as ensign in 1799; and was promoted to lieutenant-colonel in the summer of 1812. He rose to brigadier-general in March, 1814; and after his gallant conduct at Fort Erie in August, that year, he was brevetted major-general. For that exploit, and Edmund Pendleton Gaines. his general good services during the war, Congress gave him thanks and a gold medal. Gaines served under Jackson in the Creek War, and fought the Seminoles in 1836. Late in life he married Myra Clark, of New Orleans, heiress of a large estate, who, after his death, became General Gaines's medal. famous for her successful persistence in litigation to secure her rights. He died in New Orleans, June 6. 1849.