John W. Sims of Crenshaw County, Alabama

Contributed by: Rosie Morien Wells of Birmingham, AL, MAY 2003

Mr. John W. Sims who lives near Centenary died Monday and buried Tuesday
afternoon. Crenshaw County Critic, August 27, 1903 (b. February 29,
1838-d. August 23, 1903)
Crenshaw County, Alabama Obituaries and Deaths by Joyce (Morgan) English
F332.C85 E54 v. 2

I have additional information:
#1577 Sims, J.W., Co. "F". 23rd Reg't Ala Inf (Confederate)
Appears on a COMPANY MUSTER ROLL of the organization above for May &
June 1862 (he was PRESENT in 1863, 1864, & 1865)
Enlisted 4 May 1862 at Greenville, AL by S. J. Bolling for the war.

Sims, J. W., PVT Co. "D" 23rd Ala Reg't
Appears on a roll of Officers and Men paroled in accordance with the
terms of a Military Convention entered into on the 26th day of April
1865, between General Joseph E. Johnston, Commanding Confederate Army
and Major General W. T. Sherman, Commanding United States Army in North
Carolina. Paroled at Salisbury, NC May 5, 1865.
(Information from a photocopy of his service record.)

Newspaper clipping found in Greenville Genealogy Room, Butler County
Library, Greenville, AL

John W. Sims was born February 29, 1863 and died August 23, 1903. He
volunteered with Capt. Henry Reed of Lowndes on May 11, 1862. The
company was made Company "F" of the Twenty-third Volunteers, commanded
by Colonel Beck of Wilcox County.

After the regiment was organized, it was sent to East Tennessee and
remained there the balance of that year. In 1863, they were ordered back
to Montgomery where they took a boat for Mobile, then up the Mobile and
Ohio Railroad to Meridian, thence to Vicksburg, from there to Port
Gibson. At this place, the regiment had its first engagement, and he had
a brother captured and sent to a northern prison never to return*.

Shortly after this fight, he was captured at Raymon, Mississippi and
paroled. He came home and remained about 50 days. By this time,
Vicksburg had fallen and when exchanged, he joined his regiment at
Knoxville, Tennessee and remained in that state for quite a while.

He took the long march march from Cumberland Gap to Perryville,
Kentucky. I think he told the writer that on this march, he walked 900
miles. He was with his regiment all the way from Dalton, Georgia to
Peach Tree Creek (Atlanta). He went to Nashville and was in that battle.
He got back into Georgia after the Nashville stampede and was in the
battle at Jonesboro, where he received a bad flesh wound in his leg just
below the knee. He said that at this battle, he and a Yankee singled out
each other and exchanged 40 shots, each being behind small trees.

After his wound healed, he joined his regiment again at Columbia, South
Carolina. He help to support a battery at the hot artillery duel at
Bentonville, North Carolina and surrendered with his command at
Smithfield, North Carolina. During the war, he was in 17 heavy
engagements and numerous skirmishes and picket fights. Returning home,
he lived a quiet and peaceful life.

For 45-years before his death, he was a member of the Methodist
Episcopal Church South and died in that faith, and being so well
acquantied with the life he lived, we believe when he had to give up
this mortal coil that he could say with the great Apostle, "For I am now
ready to be offered up".
Asleep in Jesus, blessed sleep
>From whence none ever wake to weep
>From whence none ever wake to weep.

John Wesley Sims, b. February 28, 1838, in Alabama, was the s/o Waller
Sims & Mary Bradley. He died August 03, 1903, in Crenshaw County, Ala.
and is bur (?). He married September 20, 1866, in Butler County, AL
(Marriage Book 3), Clarinda Crowell. Clarinda, b. Abt. 1840, d. Abt.
1878, d/o Jacob & Rachel Crowell. She was bur. (?)

*Lewis Waller Sims, b. Abt. 1835 in SC, s/o Waller Sims & Mary Bradley,
d. June 29, 1863, Post Hosptial, Camp Lee, Richmond, VA (Confederate).
Lewis id bur. (?)

L.W. Sims, PVT, Co "F" 23rd Reg't Ala Inf Enlisted October 22, 1861,
Montgomery, AL by Capt. Wagner "for the War".

Lewis Simms, PVT Co. "F" 23rd Ala Inf appears on a roll of PRISONERS OF
WAR received at Military Prison, Alton, ILL May 18, 1863. Captured May
1, 1863. Exchanged June 12, 1863.

L. W. Sims, PVT Co. "F" appears on a REPORT OF SICK & WOUNDED in Post
Hospital, Camp Lee, Richmond, Va., for the Month of June 1863.

SURGEONS CERTIFICATE AND DEATHS: Disease: Scarlatina. Date of death:
June 29, 1863.
(Information from a photocopy of his service record.)

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