William Lacy
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States (Confederate States, 1861-1865)
Date of Birth: 1842
Date of Death: 1899
Cause of Death: Consumption
Religion: Presbyterianism
Occupation: Clergyman, Educator, Composer, Soldier
Parents: Drury Lacy, Williana Wilkinson
Spouse: Mary Catherine Shepherd
Children: William Jr.
Professional Affiliations: Union Theological Seminary
Military Branch: Confederate

Army (American Civil War)

Fictional Appearances:
The Guns of the South
POD: January 17, 1864
Type of Appearance: Direct
Nationality: Confederate States
Military Branch: 47th North Carolina (Second American Revolution)

William Sterling Lacy (March 23, 1842 - October 14, 1899) was a Presbyterian clergyman and author of hymns, from Raleigh, North Carolina. During the American Civil War, he was a chaplain with the 47th North Carolina regiment of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia.

William Lacy in The Guns of the South[]

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 slave Georgie Ballentine, with a verse from Psalm 19.[1]

Lacy was an easygoing man, willing to laugh at jokes made at his own expense.[2]


  1. The Guns of the South, pgs. 95-98.
  2. Ibid., pg. 213.