Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Secondary Scholarship | 1998
Transcription neighbor Capt. Jennings said, "You have been a public man without pay. Yours
has been almost a public house, and we have been proud of it." Thereupon he
offered Simms the lumber needed to rebuild.
Simms was a family man, knowing the sorrow of burying nine of the
fourteen children Chevillette bore him. Chevillette died in 1863 and is buried at
Woodlands with several of their children. The churchyard of the Episcopal
Church of the Holy Apostles in Barnwell is the resting place of ten of the children
of his son Charles Carroll Simms. Seven of the children of William Gilmore
Simms Jr., along with their parents, are also buried there.
Simms's famed historian granddaughter Mary Chevillette Simms Oliphant
preceded her grandfather into the South Carolina Hall of Fame in 1983. Simms
was inducted posthumously in 1992. On Mary C. Simms Oliphant's tomb is
written Video volans, a Latin inscription which literally means "I see, flying" or
" flying, I see." Her grandfather created this crest for his signet ring and for silver
of his own design, preferring it to the traditional family coat of arms.
Simms participated in the political sentiment of his day. At a meeting in
Bamberg on 30 October 1860, for the purpose of recruiting troops for the
Confederacy, he said:
"We are resolved at last to shake ourselves free from the Union, no
matter the cost. We have learned to value the Union, not according to the
hopes of the beginnings, but from the wrongs we have suffered from it.
"Yet, we loved the Union. Though possessed of State Rights
doctrine, we entertained a national pride made strong by our reverence for
the past. We loved the Union and wanted to preserve it. Had our great
men been listened to, they would have saved the Union.
"Why should not South Carolina take the lead in leaving the
Union? She is one of the mother states. Her people were among the first
in winning the revolutionary war, the first to form a constitution, the first
to wage the War of 1812 for the honor of the Union, have always been the
last to seek favors of Congress, have given our country a large proportion
of the purest and ablest patriots, statesmen, and soldiers.
"When our Convention meets next month in Columbia, I believe
S. C. will secede alone, .... I am not a candidate for the Convention but
General Jamison is and I believe he will be elected. Furthermore, I believe
he will be elected president of the convention that takes S. C. out of the
Union. We shall secede as surely as the sun shines in Heaven. Georgia