battery and the men. Hardly ever in his quarters, nothing escapes his observation.
He is a man of strict probity and has none of the minor vices, always reliable and reminds one of the hero Garibaldi
Although proud of his battery and its reputation, and pleased at anything written or said in its praise, he thoroughly detests personal flattery and indeed I would not venture to say this much to him for my commission.’
A quotation from the Boston Transcript
at the close of the war: ‘It is a remarkable fact that during the three and a half years that Captain Nims
commanded the 2d Battery, punishment was to its members almost unknown.
Splendid discipline was maintained solely by esprit de corps
and by the respect and affection entertained for the commander on one hand and by the fatherly care and solicitude always exhibited by Captain Nims
for his men under all circumstances.
The slight mortality by disease in this battery is attributed by the members to the efficiency of their leader.’
Some years after the war a niece of Colonel Nims
was visiting in the South
and dined at the home of a former Confederate captain.
She was told that at one time during the war, orders were given to the Confederate
officers to kill Captain Nims
at any cost as his battery was inflicting so much damage upon their forces.
After the discharge of the original Nims
' Battery at the end of three years, Captain Nims
immediately secured enough enlistments for another battery and at once returned to New Orleans.
But an injury to his ankle received while he was at home to muster out his men, and the fact that most of his boys were no longer with him led him to resign his commission and accept a position in the Chief Quarter-Master
's department at New Orleans, where he remained till after the close of the war. After peace had been fully restored and the work of reconstruction had been begun, Captain Nims
returned to Boston
and bought back the little drug store he had left at the beginning of the war, where he remained for nearly a half