Author:Henry Timrod

Henry Timrod

called The Poet Laureate of the Confederacy

Henry Timrod


Works about TimrodEdit


Some or all works by this author were published before January 1, 1928, and are in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago. Translations or editions published later may be copyrighted. Posthumous works may be copyrighted based on how long they have been published in certain countries and areas.


It would be wrong in any account of Henry Timrod's life to omit his best friend and teacher, William James Rivers, who indeed wrote of Timrod. Rivers began "Eldred", a poem which he later turned into a novel in verse (1904), in a little book actually entitled, "A Little Book", in order to raise funds to place a monument on Henry Timrod's grave. Before Henry Timrod was ever poet laureate of the Confederacy, he was the grandson of Mr. Dimrud, Charleston's wealthiest planter, and a student of William James Rivers, whose manuscripts [1] still form an important part of the manuscript collection of the University of South Carolina, which re-published as recently as 2006 Rivers's "Eunice: A Tale of Reconstruction Times in South Carolina" [2] and are also a rich source of original materiel pertaining to Henry Timrod. At the time of Timrod's death in poverty, who had been Charleston's wealthiest citizen, he was living in Columbia near neighbours to Professor Rivers, his dear old friend. "A Little Book" was published after his death exclusively for the purpose of raising a monument over Timrod's grave, Timrod having died the last of his family, even his little son having pre-deceased him in the aftermath of the war.