century until at the age of ninety he retired from business, in 1910.
After the return of peace the attention of the government was directed to Captain Nims
' services and on March 13, 1865, by special enactment of the Senate he received the titles of ‘Brevet Major
—Colonel—and Brevet Colonel
, for gallant and meritorious service during the war,’ thus explaining the title Colonel Nims
After leaving the army, Colonel Nims
took almost no part in military or political affairs—except in connection with Nims
' Battery Association and for a short time serving as commander of Post 7, G. A. R. He was also a member of the Loyal Legion
He would never accept a pension.
To quote his own words on the subject, ‘I don't want a pension.
It doesn't seem right to me that a man should be paid by the Federal
government simply because he was in the army.
I served my country to the best of my ability and I don't want any pay for it either.
If one were incapacitated for earning a living that would be a different matter.’
During the half century that Colonel Nims
maintained his drug store at the West End
he saw many changes in that neighborhood.
Someone has said that he served the poor and needy from his little store as faithfully as he ever served his country in the days of the war. Everyone in that section regarded him as a friend and helper, and he was always ready to give aid to those who needed it. He made it a practice to give away one prescription at least, every day. If the families of any of his men were in need, it was his delight to care for and assist them.
died at his home, 42 Blossom Street, on May 23, 1911, at the age of 91 years. His funeral was held at Trinity Church on May 25 and was attended by the remaining members of the battery and by members of the Loyal Legion
together with many friends who honored and loved him. He was buried in Mount Hope Cemetery.
A Christian patriot and soldier.