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|Born||December 23, 1847
St. Clair County, Alabama
|Died||December 31, 1951 (aged 104)
|Allegiance||Confederate States of America|
|Service/branch||Confederate States Army|
|Years of service||1864-1865|
|Unit||10th Alabama Infantry Regiment|
|Awards||Colonel (Sons of Confederate Generals)|
Pleasant Riggs Crump (December 23, 1847 – December 31, 1951) is the last verifiable veteran who fought for the Confederacy during the American Civil War. Although he was survived by several other claimants in the 1950s, such as William Lundy, John B. Salling and Walter Williams, historical research has subsequently debunked these claims. Crump officially remains the last surviving veteran of the Confederate Army.
Born in Crawford's Cove, St. Clair County, Alabama, Crump and a friend left home and traveled to Petersburg, Virginia, where Crump enlisted as a private in the 10th Alabama Infantry Regiment in November 1864. Assigned to Company A, Crump saw action at the Battle of Hatcher's Run, and participated in the siege of Petersburg before witnessing General Robert E. Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House to Union General Ulysses S. Grant. Returning home to rural Alabama, Crump soon relocated to Lincoln, in nearby Talladega County. There, at age 22, he married Mary Hall, a local woman. They had five children from their marriage, which lasted until she died on December 31, 1901. Crump married Ella Wallis of Childersburg in 1905. After her death in July 1942, he lived with a grandson's family. The United Confederate Veterans awarded him the honorary title of colonel in its organization. In 1950, he met with 98-year-old "General" James Moore, who was recognized as the only other Confederate veteran remaining in Alabama.
Pleasant Crump died shortly after his 104th birthday. He is buried in Hall Cemetery, in Lincoln.
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- Hoar, Jay S., The South's Last Boys in Gray: An Epic Prose Elegy, Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 1976, pp. 463–466.