Lieutenant-Colonel Clifford Stanley Sims, U.S.V.
Lieutenant-Colonel Clifford Stanley Sims was born at Emeline Furnace,
Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, February 17, 1839. His paternal ancestors
have been residents of Cumberland, England, and of the Scottish border
since before the Norman conquest, when his ancestor, Bueth Sym, thane of
Gillesland, in Cumberland, was killed. His maternal
great-great-grandfather, Doctor Alexander Ross, was a surgeon in the
Continental Hospital Department during the Revolution; his
great-grandfather, John Ross, was major of the Third New Jersey Regiment,
Continental Line, and lieutenant-colonel of the Second Burlington
Regiment, State Troops, and was an original member of the Society of the
Cincinnati in the State of New Jersey; his maternal great-grandmother was
Mary Brainard, only child of Rev. John Brainard, a well-known Presbyterian
clergyman; his other maternal great-grandfather, Elijah Clark, was a
member of the Provincial Congress of New Jersey in 1776, and
lieutenant-colonel of the Second Gloucester Battalion, State Troops.
He was a private in the Twenty-fifth Pennsylvania Infantry (militia in the service of the United States) September 15, 1862; honorably mustered out October 1, 1862; captain's clerk, U. S. Navy, appointed September 28, 1862, and resigned February 11, 1863, to accept promotion as acting assistant paymaster U. S. Navy, March to, 1863. He took part in a skirmish at Carson's Landing, Mississippi, January 27, 1864, where he had charge of a field howitzer on the hurricane deck of the U. S. steamer " Queen City" while exposed to the fire of a number of Confederate infantry at short distance; he handled the gun carefully and succeeded in dispersing the enemy, and was thanked by the commanding officer of the vessel. Almost all of his service was west of the Mississippi River, where he took part in a number of scouting expeditions, capturing prisoners and letters.
In 1869 he was appointed U. S. consul for the district of Prescott;
remained in this position until 1878, when he resigned to accept the
secretary-ships embracing Ottawa, the capital of Canada; of the
Pennsylvania Company, and of the Pittsburg, Cincinnati, and St. Louis
Railway Company, which positions he retained until 1881, when he was
appointed general assistant in the service of the Pennsylvania Railroad
Company, and retained this position until 1887, when he was chosen
president of the Delaware Company, a construction company which has built
and now controls several waterworks.
Source: Officers of the Volunteer Army and Navy who served in the Civil War, published by L.R. Hamersly & Co., 1893, 419 pgs.
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