Historic Markers Across Georgia

General Elijah Clark

Marker ID: GHM 090-3
Location: Cemetery, Elijah Clark State Park
County: Lincoln
Coordinates: N 33° 51.265    W 082° 24.174
  33.85442    -82.4029
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM6QNV
General Elijah Clark Marker
Photo by Ken Moser


Gen. Elijah Clark, ´Hero of the Hornets Nest.´ and members of his family are buried in the enclosed cemetery.

Their graves were firt moved from their original buril places near Graball (10 mi. N.) to a site on the Community House Grounds in Lincolnton in 1952to prevent inundation by Clark Hill Lake. Following the establishment of Elijah Clark Memorial State Park by LEgislative enactment, the graves were removed to the preetn site in 1955 by special disopensation of the Army Corps of Engineers.

Gen. Clark was born in Edgecombe County, N.C., in 1733 and moved to Wilkes Co., Georgia, (now an area of Lincoln) in 1774.

When the Revolutionary War broke out hr became a colonel of militia. His activities against the Wilkes Co. Tories gave him his nickname. He led American forces against the British in battles at Alligator Creek, Kettle Creek, Musgrove´s Mill, Fish Dam, Blackstock´s, Long Cane, Beattie´s Mill and two sieges of Augusta, the last one successful, becoming a Brigadier-General.

GHM 090-1 Georgia Historical Commission 1956


Not standing.