Pvt. Presley Lanier - Co. D

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Private Presley “Press” Lanier

Presley Lanier and his wife Nancy were born in South Carolina. He lived in DeKalb County and worked as a stone cutter before the war. The 42-year-old Presley Lanier enlisted on March 1, 1862 at Camp Bartow near Savannah as a private. He was captured at the battle of Fredericksburg, Virginia on December 13, 1862 and exchanged back to his unit. Lanier was killed in action a year and a half later on May 12, 1864 during the battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse, Virginia. His grave site is unknown and his name isn’t recorded among the Confederate dead buried in the Spotsylvania Confederate Cemetery.

After the war, Nancy raised the couple’s six dependent children and applied for and received a state pension for her husband’s service. An inscription honoring Presley Lanier is carved on the back of Nancy Lanier’s grave stone at Stone Mountain Cemetery, DeKalb Co., Ga:

1820. 38, GA, C.S.A
MAY 12, 1864

Source of text:
Confederate Veterans of Stone Mountain
By Chris Davis
A Project of The Confederate Memorial Camp 1432, 2000

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