Private Edward Richard Simms born March 14, 1837, in Sumter County, SC.

On April 8, 1861, he enlisted, Sumter Volunteers (Company D, 2nd South Carolina Infantry) transferred to Company K, South Carolina Infantry, August 26, 1861, mustered in with Brooks Artillery, upon organization January 28, 1862, wounded September 17, 1862, at Sharpsburg, Maryland, wounded Gettysburg, PA, re-enlisted at Beams Station, TN, December 28, 1863, promoted Corporal September 1, 1864, furlough 45 days January, February 1865, according to his pension that was filed with the state of South Carolina, he was wounded 4 times, was deaf in one ear, and had back injuries and was surrendered at Appomattox.

He walks all the way back to South Carolina. On January 25, 1866, he married Rebecca Lynes of South Carolina. They had four children 3 boys and one girl. He remains a farmer and dies on March 17, 1922 of a cerebral hemorrhage, and is buried at the Groomesville Baptist Cemetery in Moncks Corner, South Carolina.