William Gilmore Simms was born in Charleston, South Carolina. He was a poet, novelist, and historian whose work was a major force in antebellum Southern literature. He was called one of America’s best novelists by Edgar Allen Poe. Works include Martin Faber, Guy Rivers, The Wigwam and the Cabin, The Partisan, and Woodcraft. Simms died in 1870 and is buried in Magnolia cemetery.