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The Gallant Sims: A Civil War Hero Rediscovered

Monday, November 12, 2018 06:30am

On Monday, November 12th, the Historical Society of Islip Hamlet will host Jeff Richman, Green-Wood Cemetery's historian and tour guide, who will give a presentation on his book, “The Gallant Sims: A Civil War Hero Rediscovered".

As the Civil War began in 1861, Samuel Harris Sims, of Brooklyn, enlisted to fight to preserve the Union. For the next three years, he led his men into many of the major battles of the war. Captain Sims was killed at the Battle of the Crater; he was interred at Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery. His story was far from over. The soldiers who had served with him took up a collection to pay for his orphaned daughter’s college education; the Confederate who had captured Captain Sims’s sword returned it to his family. In 1888, his comrades unveiled a monument in his memory. Two families lovingly preserved many of the objects and documents that now are owned by The Green-Wood Historic Fund and make it possible for this book to tell his dramatic story. They tell a fascinating story of love, patriotism, art, war, camaraderie, and more.

The program is free and open to the public; refreshments will be served. Visit for more info.

Location : Islip Public Library, 71 Monell Avenue
Contact : 631-245-0675,