Musician Robert E. Simril

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Simril, Robert E. - (Robert “Bob” Eaton Simril) Drummer 9/26/1861. Transferred to Captain Hanleiter’s Co. Ga. Light Artillery (Jo Thompson Artillery,) as drummer 6/10/1862. Surrendered at Greensboro, N.C. 4/26/1865. Filed a CSA pension application in Coweta Co., Ga., in 1897. Born 5/21/1843, at York, S.C. Died 6/13/1901 in Newman, Ga., buried there in Oak Hill Cemetery, CSA marker reads: Hanleiter’s Co, Light Artillery.

Robert Eaton Simril (1844-1901) was elected to two terms as the Coweta County, Georgia Treasurer. He resigned during his second term due to failing health, he died shortly after. His parents moved the family from York, SC to Newnan, Georgia in the 1850's. He was a musician and served as a drummer and later a bugler in the Confederate Army. He first enlisted in the Company M, 38th Regiment, Georgia Infantry as a drummer and finished with this company as a bugler according to Micro Film Number M226 roll 55. He then joined Capt. Hanleiter's Co., Georgia L. Art'y. (Jo Thompson Artillery) as a bugler according to micro Film Number M226 roll 55. A history of both regiments is below and is from the national Civil War Soldiers and Sailors website.

He married Annie Sallie Robinson on 19 April 1866 in Milltown, Chambers Co., Al.

Attended Daniel Walker Academy until 1861 when he entered the Confederate Army. Served 4 years as a member of Jo Thompson's Regiment Artillery near Fort Beaulien, Savannah. Worked at Johnson Hardware Company for 20 Years. Known as Bob Simril, described as "unusally gifted man; having an inventive turn of mind and histrionic ability combined with a sense of humor and wit. He loved his family and friends, his church .. and revered his pastor, Rev. James Stacy.

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Note: His grandson, Roger Simril Bryant married Florine Walker. Florine was the great granddaughter of Daniel Walker.

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The Herald and Advertister
Newnan, Ga., Friday, June 14th

We regret to chronicle the death of R. E. Simril, one of Newnan's best-known and most popular citizens, which occured yesterday morning at the home of his son-in-law, Mr. F. M. Bryant, on Spring Street.

He had been a helpless invalid for more than a year, during which period, he suffered a martyrdom to pain as was distressing as it was severe, and death must have come finally as a welcome relief.

He was a warm hearted, genial, and generous, and had scores of friends throughout the county, who will read the announcement of his death with sorrow and regret.

He was a member of the old Newnan Guards, and the cause of the Confederacy did not have a more patriotic or devoted follower, nor one that rendered more valiant service in the clash of conflict that "tried men's souls".

He was 58 years of age at the time of his death, and leaves a wife and four children - the latter all grown and married, viz: Mr. R. F. Simril of Washington, D.C., Mr. L. M. Simril of LaGrange, Ga., and Mrs. F. M. Bryant and Mrs. H. A. Goolsby of this city.

The funeral will occur this afternoon at 8 o'clock and will be conducted by Rev. Jas. Stacy, assisted by C. O'N. Martindale.

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