Hartwell J. Sims served in the Ashley County, Arkansas, Home Guard in 1863 under Captain Benjamin Tiner. Hartwell was a 2nd sergeant, age 42. He enlisted in Company A, 29th Arkansas Infantry at Hamburg, Arkansas, 15 March 1862. He was appointed 3rd corporal, 15 March 1862. He was reduced to private, 10 June 1862, and discharged for disability at Devall’s Bluff, Arkansas, 30 July 1862.
Hartwell’s son, James B. Sims, lived in Howard County, Arkansas, in 1880, but he moved back to Ashley County, before 1900.
Hartwell J. Sims owned land in Ashley County: 1857: 40 acres in Section 27, Township 17 South, Range 8 West; 1858: 40 acres in Section 27, Township 17 South, Range 8 West; 1859: 80 acres in Section 27, Township 17 South, Range 8 West; 1860: 160 acres in Section 22, Township 17 South, Range 8 West; 1860: 40 acres in Section 27, Township 17 South, Range 8 West; 1860: 40 acres in Section 22, Township 17 South, Range 8 West; and 1861: 40 acres in Section 27, Township 17 South, Range 8 West.
James B. Simms, Hartwell’s son, answered a questionaire for the Census of Confederate Veterans, in 1911. It was certified by W. J. Grantham, Assessor of Ashley County, Arkansas, 2 February 1912. James B. Sims said he was of Hamburg, Arkansas, was born February 7, 1845 in Lafayette County , Mississippi, the son of Hartwell Simms of Maury County, Tennessee, and Martha Dooley, daughter of Esom Dooley. He was educated in the country schools of Ashley County, Arkansas, by teachers, Mr. Harris and Washington Ramsauer. He was a democrat and Missionary Baptist. He was a private in Company K, 9th Arkansas Regiment, enlisted July 1861, and served until the surrender, was wounded in Battle of Shiloh, also at Nashville. He married Victoria Yancy, daughter of James Yancy, in 1868, in Ashley County. His second wife was Nannie Roberts, daughter of ____ Roberts and Susan (nee Kelley). Children by his 1st wife: Willie married Carry Moore, Bonita, Louisiana; George Simms; and Carrie Simms married Burton Palmer and died. Children by his 2nd wife: Eddie Simms; Addie Simms; and Leroy Simms, all of Hamberg, Arkansas.