James Lafayette Greer
Born at “Oak Bowery”, Gold Hill, Chambers Co., Ala., on 27th October 1836. Son of Joseph & Jane Greer. Educated at New Harmony Academy & Oglethorpe University (graduated 1860). Unmarried schoolteacher living with his parents in Chambers Co. in 1860.
Pvt., Co.D, 4th Ga. Inf.: 26th April 1861.
Cpl.: 21st July 1861.
In hospital in April 1862, suffering from gonorrheoa.
Sgt.: 28th April 1862. Wounded at Malvern Hill.
3rd Lieut.: 1863. Slightly wounded at Chancellorsville on 2nd May 1863.
2nd Lieut.: 21st May 1863. Severely wounded in arm and side, and captured, at Spotsylvania on 10th May 1864.
One of “The Immortal 600”. Exchanged at Charleston Harbour on 15th December 1864.
Moved to Texas in 1866 and “prospered in business”.
Served in the Texas General Assembly. “During his term of office he introduced a bill to pension Confederate Veterans, he being the first and prime mover for the relief of the Southern soldiers.”
Founder and first mayor of Anna, Texas.
Married Laura Kelley on 22nd December 1869, and had two children; married Lou M. Perrin in 1888, but had no children. Died on 27th October 1922. Buried in Van Alstyne, Grayson Co., Texas.
In a 1912 questionnaire he wrote that “our humiliation….has caused more mental pain, and is harder to bear, than was all the exposure, hunger and wounds during the war. It rankles in my heart still, and I am not reconstructed yet.” [Joslyn, The Biographical Roster Of The Immortal 600, p.122; there is a slightly retouched wartime photo in Thomas, “History Of The Doles-Cook Brigade”, facing p.310.]