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Scholarship | 1999
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DAVID FLAVEL JAMISON REVISITED


In the South Carolina Historical Magazine for October 1998, David Rutledge has
edited Mrs. Jamison's "Tale of the War." Here we learn that Simms was a
pallbearer at Jamison's funeral in September 1864 when Jamison was interred in
the Presbyterian Cemetery in Orangeburg, South Carolina. Rutledge's article also
details Sherman's burning of Jamison's "Burwood" and how his unmarked grave
was finally memorialized in 1897. Mrs. Jamison's land was sold at auction and
Simms reported how she was reduced to poverty and "lives in a log house
through which the winds and rains make their way." As a widow, she had ten
children to support and lost everything through tax sales and debt. It is a story of
the destruction of a family. The Jamison's were, of course, Simms's best and
closest friends in Bamberg. This article is a must for Simms scholars and all those
interested in the author. It adds to the picture of cultural desolation that was
Simms's plight after 1865.
On 2 May 1999, the Rivers Bridge Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans,
is planning a special service for Jamison at Presbyterian Cemetery in Orangeburg.
Simms family and friends are invited to attend.

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