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Lt. Francis A. Lassiter, Chapter #2619

Lawton, Oklahoma

United Daughters of the Confederacy


Francis Asberry Lassiter was born 17 June 1837, near Pleasant Ridge in Tippah County, Mississippi. He enlisted in the Confederate Army on 17 March 1862 at Holley Springs. His unit was Company G, also known as the Sons of Liberty, 34th Mississippi Regiment. Shortly after the Regiment was organized it was ordered to Corinth, Mississippi, there participating in that units first battle of the Civil War. The 34th Mississippi also participated in battles a Chickamauga, Lookout Mountain, Resaca, Cassville, Atlanta, Franklin, and others.

Francis A. Lassiter was admitted to a hospital in LaGrange, Georgia, on 22 September 1863. According to the surgeons he was totally blind due to chronic granular conjuntivitis and had to be led about the hospital by a small boy. The surgeons recommended the commanding officer of the 34th Regiment accept the resignation of Lt. Lassiter as they did not expect him to ever regain his sight.

The wife of Francis Lassiter, Martha, was at the Army's winter camp in Meridian, Mississippi, when she learned of his blindness. Martha walked from Meridian, Mississippi, to LaGrange, Georgia, while the Civil War was still in progress to retrieve her husband. Upon arriving in LaGrange and resting a few days, she then walked back to their home in Tippah County, Mississippi, leading her blind husband.

Francis A. Lassiter and his family stayed in Tippah Co., MS, a few more years, then moved to Independence Co., AR. From Arkansas they moved to Texas for a short while and eventually moved to Greer Co., OK, about 1897. Francis A. Lassiter died on 20 May 1917 and is buried at White Flat Cemetery in Greer Co., OK.





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