William Lacy was a chaplain for the 47th North Carolina during the Second American Revolution. Although he was a Presbyterian, even Baptists like Nate Caudell found his sermons riveting. After beginning with a recitation of Romans 8:28, Lacy declared the arrival of the AK-47 to be ordained by God. He subsequently led the congregation in singing "Rock of Ages," "Amazing Grace," "The Old Rugged Cross," and other hymns. Lacy later presided over the funeral of escaped slaveGeorgie Ballentine, with a verse from Psalm 19.
Lacy was an easygoing man, willing to laugh at jokes made at his own expense.