Civil War Confederate Army Soldier. He was the last surviving Confederate Army veteran from the Civil War. He served during the war as a Private in Company A, 10th Alabama Infantry, and was present at Appomattox Court House, Virginia when Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia to the Union forces of General Ulysses S. Grant in April 1865. After the war he lived in the Refuge Community of Talladega County, Alabama, serving as the deacon of the Refuge Baptist Church and was a deacon at the Church for 71 years before his death in 1951 at the age of 104. Modern scholarship, led by historical William Marvel (who published articles about the issue) has authenticated Pleasent Crump to have been the last surviving Confederate veteran, a claim that research and documentation provides much more solid proof of than the claims of figures like Walter W. Williams and John Sallings.
Bio by: Kitty Walker Lennard