Asa Minor Laney was born in Henry Co., Georgia, to Philips W. Laney and Elizabeth Wade Laney, but moved with his parents and siblings to Winston Co., Mississippi in 1852, near the small community of Lobutcha, which does not exist today. There he met and married Nancy R. Brewer on May 6, 1856.
Asa joined up with the Winston Rifles in August, 1861. He then spent three long, hard years as a Confederate Soldier. He came home on furlough from Tupelo, Ms. sometime in the fall of 1863. In July, 1864, his last child, Asa Minor, Jr. was born. On November 30, 1864, he was killed in combat in the infamous battle of Franklin, Tn., never getting to see his last-born child, a son that Nancy named for his daddy.
A. M. Laney was Asa Minor Laney born 17 dec 1836 Henry co Ga to Phillip Laney and Elizabeth Wade. They moved up to Winston Co., Miss after 1840 but never appear on a census record there until after Philip dies in 1868 his wife Elizabeth is finally in one in her sons household. Asa married Nancy R. Brewer 6 may 1856 in Winston Co so they were there before then. He had a brother married in Winston before this 1853.
Philip and Elizabeth buried two children in Henry /Campbell Co., Georgia Dec 1841.
Asa and Nancy had four children the last one after he was in service Asa Minor Jr was born 9 july 1864. I have a copy of a letter Asa sent to his brother O D. Laney Aug 13th 1864 near Atlanta, Ga. Talking about how he can’t wait to get home to see his new son. I can send you a copy of this if interested in exchange for the picture. He was a private 5th Ms Inf Co F (Winston Rifles).
Do you have a book available on the battle of Franklin? I would love to find out what other battles he fought in, who his commanding officer was. Joseph Comfort Captain, Enterprise, Ms–Sam Faucett 1st Lt. I have also been interested in the Civil War area. Sure glad I didn’t live then. Don’t see how any man came out of it alive they way they fought back then.
Asa had a brother in law William McElroy killed at Chattonooga 21 August 1863 private Winston Rifles. Nancy Brewer Laney had a brother David Jefferson/Jeff Brewer killed or died from wounds Pensacola, Fl. He was also a private in 5th Miss Co., F (Winston Rifles) I guess this tells me a little they were in Pensacola, Fl but don’t know when, Chattonooga, Tenn in 1863 and Franklin by 1864.
My husband had other great grandfathers who fought in the War. He had a great grandfather Robert Forrester died from wounds at the battle of Corinth–Hatchie Bridge died 15 oct 1862 Holly Springs, Ms. He was in Co C 8th Bat’n Arkansas Inf. Private. He was under Cabell’s brigade. He left two small daughters for his wife to raise. She remarried but Nancy Brewer Laney never did.
Richard Hanan McKay another Ms great grandfather rode with Forrest Calvary casually Co 1 5th Miss
William Patterson McGee 11Miss Cav Perrine’s Regt
Thank you for your help
Mary Ann Carter
This email came in Mar 25, 2014:
“I have a copy of a letter Asa sent to his brother O D. Laney Aug 13th 1864 near Atlanta, Ga. Talking about how he can’t wait to get home to see his new son. I can send you a copy of this if interested in exchange for the picture. He was a private 5th Ms Inf Co F (Winston Rifles).”
Would you have a copy of this letter in your files?
Would you have current contact information for the author of this post?
Thank you in advance for your reply.
3rd great granddaughter of Asa Minor Laney and his wife Nancy Brewer.