Commanding Artillery Battalion attached to Alexander P. Stewart's Corps [CS] - killed in action while supervising placement of two sections of Selden's Ala. Battery, Lt. Chas. W. Lovelace, commanding, near the Embry House, July 20th, 1864, during the Battle of Peachtree Creek.
This battery was in support of Reynolds's Brigade [CS] as it swept N.E. across the Embry Plantation & the road toward the re-entrant angle of the Federal line N. of the deep ravine.
Maj. Preston, a native of S. Carolina, was the "Willie Preston" of Mary Boykins Chestnut's, "A Diary of Dixie."