LANCE, F. M. (1838 ~ 1922). Confederate veteran F. M. Lance was born in Georgia in 1838. Lance joined the Missouri State Troops for six months, and then joined the 9th Missouri Infantry, eventually being promoted to 1st Lieutenant of Company F. The 9th Missouri Infantry changed to the 12th Missouri Infantry to avoid confusion with Col. Clark's 9th Missouri Infantry. The 12th Missouri was stationed in the Arkansas Territory.
On July 4, 1863, at the Battle of Helena, Lance lost 80 men under his command. Had the Confederates been able to take Helena, then pressure could have been relieved from Vicksburg. However, the Federal forces held the Confederates back. Lance was transferred to the Trans-Mississippi Department under General E. K. Smith. On December 5, 1864, Lance was transferred to duty with Captain McKinney of Company E of Shaver's Regiment.
Following the War, Lance moved to Texas in 1874 and worked as a stone mason. He was admitted to the Confederate Men's Home in Austin on June 7, 1916. He died on February 1, 1922 and was buried at the Texas State Cemetery on February 2, 1922.
Information taken from Confederate Home Roster; Confederate Pension Application, 10509 Eastland; and Death Certificate.