Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Scholarship | 2002
Transcription position by showing with what indeftaiguable zeal he
had applied himself to work again when reduced to
poverty by the war. His character was admirably
portrayed and the qualities of his numerous
works were critically described. The monu-
ment was unveiled by the Misses Roach,
two of the granddaughters of Mr. Simms, as-
sisted by two young ladies from the Confederate
Home. The bust, which rests upon a pedestal
of South Carolina granite ten feet in height, is of
bronze and is the work, as before stated in THE
WORLD, of Mr. J. Q. A. Ward, of New York. It
is of Heroic size anD is a strikingly faithful repre-
sentation of Simms in the prime of life. The pedes-
tal and mound surround1nig it were profusely deco- .
rated with South Carolina laurel and live-oak moss
and during ceremonies a laurel wreath, entwined
by the young ladies of the Conederate Home, was
placed upon the brow of the bust by Colonel
James Armstrong. At the conclusion of the
oration the President of the Carolina Art
Association presented the monument to the
Mayor of the city, in whose keeping it
is placed. The Mayor in accepting the gift appro-
priately responded in behalf of the city. The large
stand from which the speeches were delivered was
tastefully decorated with the flags of the United
States and the State of South Carolina, and with
laurel and flowers, and was occupied by the officers
and members of the Carolina Art Association, the
Simms Memorial Association, the Board of Control
of the Confederate Home, members of the clergy
and legal profession and other prominent guests.
The proceedings were in every respect highly inter-
esting, and the memory of the occasion will long be
tenderly cherished by the people of Charleston and
all who were present.