Name - James T. Dimery

 

Birth Date: 12 Jan 1839

Birth Place: Horry District, South Carolina

Death Date: Unknown

Burial Place: Dimery Cemetery, Horry County, South Carolina

 

Military Service - C. S. A.

Enlistment Date: 19 Jul 1861 at Camp Marion by Col. Manigault

Discharge Date: Captured after the Battle of Chickamauga

Rank: Private

Company and Regiment: Co. F, 10th Regiment, S.C. Infantry

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Family -

Parents: Daniel H. Dimery, Sr. & Mary Ann Sutton

Wife: Martha Greenwood

Children: Claudia Peguse, E.M. Dimery, Gurley J., Thomas G.

 

Interesting Facts -

James T. Dimery was identified as a "Croatan" and was listed as having dark skin, dark hair, and dark eyes. Dimery was captured September 20, 1863 near Chickamauga. He was transferred to Camp Douglas where he was received on October 4, 1863. It was at Camp Douglas where Dimery befriended F.G. Burroughs. In an account from Burroughs, he recorded that there was at least one other Horry man with him at Ft. Douglas. Jim Dimery, whom he identified as a Croatan. He was from the area south of Aynor. The Dimery family were free people of color, which was usually a descriptive designation for Native Americans. John Dimery had bought land in Gunter’s Island about 1812. His family and others associated with them were generally accepted as Native Americans and it is from this group that the organization known as the "Waccamaw Indian People" descend.

Jim Dimery was a carver. Using peach kernels, bits of bone and mussel shells, he carved little figures which, while he was imprisoned in Camp Douglas, he was allowed to sell to Yankee sight-seers who came to see the captured Confederates. According to Burroughs’ daughter, Lucile Godfrey, Dimery was able to buy extra food which he shared with Frank Burroughs, establishing a relationship which lasted the rest of their lives. According to Mrs. Godfrey, “Don [Frank Burroughs' youngest son] tells me that he [Frank Burroughs] saw that Jim never suffered from need as long as he lived.” (IRQ 15:1:11)