Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Speech | 2004
Transcription city, and he would see to it that, win or lose, those young men would not be forgotten.
In one of Simms's finest war poems, the speaker commemorates and
consoles Mother South who has sacrificed another noble son in her defense:

And for no crime — no vice —
No scheme of selfish greed — no avarice,
Or insolent ambition, seeking power; —
But that, with resolute soul and will sublime,
They made their proud election to be free,
To leave a grand inheritance to time,
And to their sons and race, of liberty!

Today we are gathered to help fund a museum that will honor more of
our brave dead. Today we have an opportunity to help preserve their
memory. Can we do less than Simms, who lost almost everything, and who
died an impoverished defender of this city and of this state?
But we must remember that Charleston was never captured; it never
surrendered, and it was never completely destroyed. In 1879, the Simms
monument was unveiled by people grateful to Simms for the large role he
played in defending both the city and the state. We must never forget that
historic Charleston is here today because brave people defended it against
hostile invasions. It is fitting that we are here tonight to remember some of
those good people. And we are here tonight to add another monument to
those who fought and died for their homes, for their families, and for our