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Lawrenceville in Gwinnett County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The Home of Major William E. Simmons

 
 
The Home of Major William E. Simmons Marker Photo, Click for full size
By David Seibert, November 20, 2008
1. The Home of Major William E. Simmons Marker
Inscription. William E. Simmons, one of Gwinnett County’s foremost citizens, was born in Lawrenceville on August 26, 1839. After graduating at the top of his class from Emory College, he assumed editorship of the Lawrenceville News. In 1861, he became an officer in the 16th Georgia Infantry Regiment, gallantly leading his men in over 20 battles during the War Between the States. In 1863, he rose to second in command of the 3rd Georgia Sharpshooters, an elite unit comprised of soldiers from Major General W. T. Wofford’s Brigade. He was captured in the Shenandoah Valley in August 1864 and spent eleven months at Fort Delaware Prison. After the War, he returned home to practice law. In 1869, he wed Mary Ambrose of Lawrenceville. The following year, he was elected to the Georgia General Assembly, serving in the first session after re-admission of Georgia to the Union. In 1894, Governor W.Y. Atkinson appointed Simmons to State University Board of Regents, where he served over a period of 32 years, receiving an honorary LLD degree from the University of Georgia in 1919. He died in 1931.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 33° 57.445′ N, 83° 59.302′ W. Marker is in Lawrenceville, Georgia
The Home of Major William E. Simmons Marker, and the Home Photo, Click for full size
By David Seibert, November 20, 2008
2. The Home of Major William E. Simmons Marker, and the Home
, in Gwinnett County. Marker is at the intersection of North Clayton Street and East Pike Street (U.S. 29), on the right when traveling north on North Clayton Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lawrenceville GA 30045, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Garrard’s Cavalry Raid (within shouting distance of this marker); Button Gwinnett (within shouting distance of this marker); Gwinnett County (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Confederate Veterans of Gwinnett County, Georgia (about 300 feet away); Birthplace of Bill Arp (about 300 feet away); In Tribute to Ezzard Charles (about 300 feet away); Memorial to the Fallen of 1836 (about 300 feet away); Watering Trough 1873 (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Lawrenceville.
 
More about this marker. The marker stands at the Northeast corner of the square where the Old Gwinnett County Courthouse is located, The Simmons family was one of the four original grantees of lots around the courthouse square. The four were required to erect and maintain a fence around the courthouse lot.


The marker appears to be an official Georgia Historical Marker; in fact it was privately cast and erected, without approval from state agencies.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
The Home of Major William E. Simmons Marker Photo, Click for full size
By David Seibert, November 20, 2008
3. The Home of Major William E. Simmons Marker
Today the home is an insurance agency.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,472 times since then and 101 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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