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 Simeon W Cummings

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Simeon W Cummings

Birth
USA
Death 1863
South Africa
Burial Unknown, Specifically: Cummings burial service was preformed as a simple Episcopal church ceremony. He was buried in a family cemetery in Saldanha Bay, about 60 miles NW of Capetown, South Africa.
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Cummings was Third Assistant Engineer on the CSS Alabama. During a stop for repairs and refit at Saldanha Bay, S. Africa, a party of Ships Officers went ashore as a recreational hunting party. Returning to the ship and while reaching for his rifle, Cummings accidently discharged his piece into his heart.

He was buried in a local family plot. Later, Royal Navy Officers placed a permanent stone over the grave. This is believed to be the only gravestone marked " A Citizen of the Confederate States of America " on the African continent.

This information is found in the book, CSS Alabama by Charles Summersell, p. 56.

Nov 6, 2012

There is much more to this story. Simeon Cummings was disinterred from S. Africa and reinterred in near Columbia, Maury County, Tennessee, USA. Specifically, on the grounds of Elm Springs the HQ of the Sons of Confederate Veterans organization. The date of the reinterrment was Memorial Day, May 30, 1994. The Sons of the Confederacy were instrumental in returning this Confederate to his home.

http://elmspringscsa.com/id2.html
http://elmspringscsa.tripod.com/id2.html

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  • Created by: billcarr
  • Added: 31 Oct 2012
  • Find a Grave Memorial 99952075
  • Find a Grave, database and images (www.findagrave.com/memorial/99952075/simeon-w-cummings : accessed ), memorial page for Simeon W Cummings (unknown–1863), Find a Grave Memorial ID 99952075, ; Maintained by billcarr (contributor 46560268) Unknown, who reports a Cummings burial service was preformed as a simple Episcopal church ceremony. He was buried in a family cemetery in Saldanha Bay, about 60 miles NW of Capetown, South Africa..