Rock Hill in York County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Sims Home Site
Near this spot stood the Rock Hill residence of Robert Moorman Sims, Captain, C.S.A., who on April 9, 1865, carried the flag of truce which led to the surrender of Lee's forces at Appomattox, He later was S.C. Senator for Lancaster County, 1868-70, and S.C. Secretary of State, 1876-80. He began the beautification of the S.C. State House grounds. He was born in Fairfield County in 1836 and died at Columbia in 1898.
Erected 1970 by Beulah Meredith Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy. (Marker Number 46-9.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the United Daughters of the Confederacy series list. A significant historical date for this entry is April 9, 1865.
Location. 34° 55.316′ N, 81° 0.866′ W. Marker is in Rock Hill, South Carolina, in York County. Marker is on East White Street near N. Jones Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 648 East White Street, Rock Hill SC 29730, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Standard Cotton Mill / Highland Park Manufacturing Co. (approx. ¼ mile away); Rock Hill High SchoolThe White Home (approx. half a mile away); East Town Neighborhood (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named White Home (approx. half a mile away); Water Trough (approx. half a mile away); The "3C's" Railroad (approx. half a mile away); Upper Land's Ford Road (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rock Hill.
1. Robert Morman Sims Obituary
The Lancaster Ledger
December 14, 1898
Robert Moorman Sims
Columbia, Dec. 10--Col. R.M. Sims died at his residence in Shandon yesterday after an illness of a fortnight.
Robert Moorman Sims was born December 8th, 1836, and was reared in Lancaster county, and graduated at the South Carolina Military Academy in 1856. He had scarcely settled in business when the outbreak of the war gave the signal for him to rally in defense of his State. He volunteered as private in Capt. John D. Wylie's company of the Ninth South Carolina volunteer regiment, commanded by James D. Blanding. It was not long before he was appointed
Returning home, Col. Sims was elected to the State Senate by the Democrats of Lancaster, at a time when the Legislature was overwhelmingly Republican. Finding that he was powerless he refused to serve longer.
He was engaged in business in Rock Hill when the year 1876 opened in the midst of a political storm.
Col. R.M. Sims was nominated for Secretary of State. He served as Secretary of State for three terms and voluntarily declined re-election, although a re-nomination was reasonably assured.
Col. Sims was a brave man, an honest man, a true man, a Christian. Duty with him was love, he never shirked it. When in the storm of battle, the vicissitudes of politics, or the trials and temptations of private life. His pleasant, genial, unaffected manners made him friends everywhere. In him pass away another of the Old Guard--valiant in arms, patient and courteous in peace.
Col. Sims was first married to Miss Catherine C. Lucky, of Mecklenburg, N.C., who bore him two sons and died in 1867. In 1869 he married Miss Ada Sims of Columbia, who with several children survive him.
— Submitted January 29, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.
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