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Barrier Duckworth Gormley Moody Sims

Obituary of James Monroe Sims, Charlotte, North Carolina.

At the meeting of Mecklenburg Camp, No. 382 U. C. V., of Charlotte, N. C., on August 12, a committee was appointed to draft suitable resolutions on the death of James Monroe Sims, late treasurer of the Camp, and from those resolutions the following is taken:

James Monroe Sims was born November 6, 1840, in Cabarrus County, N. C., and in early manhood located at Charlotte. At the first call for volunteers to repel an invading foe, he joined the Charlotte Grays. This command was soon at the front, and he took part in the first battle of the war, Big Bethel, and was near where the lamented Henry Wyatt fell, the first soldier martyr to Southern Independence. In the battle of Gettysburg he was wounded in the right hand, and a gunshot passed through his hat. He was afterwards made a quartermaster sergeant and was in charge of the regimental wagon train until he and his train were captured near Petersburg. He was confined in the Hart's Island prison, where his qualifications gained him a clerkship in the office of the prison commandant to the end of the war.

In 1869 Comrade Sims was wedded to Miss Fannie Moody, and to them were born four daughters and a son, the latter dying in youth. His life companion also was taken by death, and he lived in bereavement for the last ten years. He conducted a successful grocery business until the weight of years bore too heavily, and he retired.

Our comrade took a commendable pride in Confederate memories, and served for many years as treasurer of Mecklenburg Camp No. 382, U. C. V., holding that office at his death on July 15, 1922. He was quiet and unassuming, but was keenly interested in matters pertaining to civic, political, and religious affairs. He was a deacon in the Presbyterian Church fo rmore than an average lifetime.

In the death of Comrade Sims we have lost a faithful treasurer and a gallant representative of the cause so dear to us, and for which he fought; and the community has lost and exemplary citizen and a sturdy advocate.

(J. D. Barrier, Chairman H. A. Duckworth, J. J. Gormley, Committee.)

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, November, 1922.

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