Capt Samuel Harris Sims

Capt Samuel Harris Sims

New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death 30 Jul 1864 (aged 34)
Petersburg, Dinwiddie County, Virginia, USA
Burial Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
Plot Lot 12512, Section 53
Memorial ID 21407047 · View Source
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Capt. Samuel Sims was a widower with 3 young children: Samuel Austin, Lucy Hale, and Henry Ridgewood. After his 3-month service at the onset of the Civil War with the New York 13th Regiment, he formed and led Company G of the 51st New York Volunteer Regiment from August 1861 until his death. He was shot while rallying his men following the mine explosion at Petersburg--later known as The Battle of the Crater. His body lay outside the confederate trenches for 3 days until it was recovered under a flag of truce. His body was returned to Brooklyn where it lay in state in the Governor's Room of City Hall. On August 17, 1864 he was taken to Elm Place Congregational Church for the funeral and then to Green-Wood Cemetery for burial.

He was so highly thought of by his men, that in 1887 they took up a collection to erect a monument to their brave comrade. On September 17, 1888 a service was held and the monument unveiled by his granddaughter, Louise G. Sims. General Horatio King gave the oration and the service was covered in the New York newspapers.

By all accounts, he was a man of sterling character and beloved by family, friends, and fellow soldiers. We owe him a debt of gratitude for the ultimate sacrifice he paid to preserve the Union of these United States.

I am seeking the grandsons of Sam's granddaughter, Louise G. Sims Peterson (1880-1955), or their descendants. They are John C. Peterson (b. abt. 1929) and Robert F. Peterson (b. abt. 1932)--both born in Idaho. Please contact me as I have valuable family information to pass on.

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  • Created by: Sue Ramsey
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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Capt Samuel Harris Sims (25 Nov 1829–30 Jul 1864), Find a Grave Memorial no. 21407047, citing Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA ; Maintained by Sue Ramsey (contributor 46934954) .