(1836 - 1893)
Home State: Georgia
Education: Oglethorpe University
Command Billet: Regimental Quartermaster
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 60th Georgia Infantry
At the start of the War he was a partner with his brother John Andrew Speer in the law firm of Speer and Speer in LaGrange, GA. He joined the 4th Battalion, Georgia Infantry and was commissioned Captain (QM Department) and Assistant Quartermaster on 25 October 1861. That unit was merged with others to become the 60th Georgia Infantry in the Spring of 1862.
On the Campaign
He was with his Regiment in Maryland.
The rest of the War
By December 1862 he was detailed as acting Brigade QM. He was appointed Major and Brigade QM on 30 April 1863 to date from 28 November 1862, reporting to General Lawton. He was was paroled on June 4, 1865 at Alexandria, Louisiana.
After the War
He returned to his law practice in LaGrange. By 1880 he had moved to Atlanta where he was State Treasurer from November 9, 1880 until 1884. From 1882 he was a founder and later President of the Exposition Cotton Mills Company in Atlanta. He was Director of the Georgia School of Technology, as well as a number of banks and railroads.
References & notes
Basic biography from family genealogists, especially Wade Edward Speer's William Speer (1747-1830), Abbeville County, South Carolina: His Life, Family, and Descendants (1998), Chapter 10. His presence at Sharpsburg and other details from a group of his letters sold by Cowan's Auctions in November 2014. Service dates from his compiled service record at the National Archives.
06/06/1836; Troup County, GA
04/18/1893 Atlanta, GA; burial in Westview Cemetery, Atlanta, GA