1829-1867
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December 8, 1829, Charleston, South Carolina.

October 6, 1867, Columbia, South Carolina.

Trinity Episcopal Cathedral Cemetery, Columbia, South Carolina.

Timrod attended Franklin College in Athens, Georgia (later the University of Georgia), though he did not complete his studies due to lack of funds and bad health. Instead, he became a tutor, staying on a Carolina plantation 10 years. However, he stayed in touch with the literary community in Charleston, and contributed to Russell’s Magazine (1837-61). A collection of his poetry was published in 1860, but with the advent of the American civil war, Timrod enlisted in the Confederate army. For a while he reported for the Charleston Mercury, but was discharged after developing tuberculosis. He moved to Columbia in 1864, and edited the South Carolinian. Paul Hamilton Hayne published The Poems of Henry Timrod posthumously in 1873.

  1. Faint Falls the Gentle Voice of Prayer
  2. Sleep Sweetly in Your Humble Graves