Thomas Lanier Clingman
b. July 27, 1812, Huntersville, N.C.
d. November 3, 1897, Morgantown, N.C.

Clingman was a lawyer who had served as state Senator, U.S. Representative, and U.S. Senator before the war. He voted against compromise measures that would have delayed the war and at the start of war, was expelled form his senate seat. Clingman was commissioned a colonel in the Confederate Army and assigned to the 25th North Carolina Infantry. He was promoted to brigadier general in the spring of 1862. Clingman was severely wounded in Virginia while helping to maintain the railroad link between Virginia and the other Confederate states. Shortly after returning to his unit after recuperating from his injury, his army surrendered. After being paroled, he returned home and tried to recapture his senate seat but was forbidden to do so according to the terms of his parole. He returned to practicing law and in his free time he traveled and explored the Allegheny Mountains. One of the mountains was named for him.


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