McIntosh, Lachlan lăk´lən măk´əntŏsh˝ [key], 1725–1806, American Revolutionary general, b. Scotland. He was brought as a child to a Scottish settlement, which is now Darien, Ga. In 1776 he joined the Continental army. The next year he fatally wounded his personal and political foe, Button Gwinnett, in a duel. In 1778 he was sent to subdue the Native American tribes of the Pennsylvania and Virginia frontier, but, proving incompetent, he was replaced (1779) by Daniel Brodhead. McIntosh took part in the unsuccessful patriot attack on Savannah, and in 1780 he was captured at the fall of Charleston. He was elected to Congress in 1784 and in 1785 served as commissioner to deal with the Creek and Cherokee tribes.
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