By Flannery O'Connor
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Simms turns to the Revolutionary leaders of South Carolina for models of the leadership suited to the character of the people. In The Partisan (1835), he emphasizes time and again the nature of Major Singleton’s relationship to his men and his peculiar rapport with all of them, regardless of station: “All were sure, as the Major of Partisans went by, to hear his gentle salutation, in those frank tones which penetrated instantly to the heart, a sufficient guaranty for the sincerity of the speaker.
18 While McCardell overplays the mundane autobiographical elements of the biographies, he is certainly right about the connection between the works and Simms’s self-image. But this image is equally that of the people Simms cherished as kindred spirits, such as Hammond (most clearly) or another friend, John Izard Mid- W IL L I A M G IL MOR E SI M MS A N D T H E FA ILU R E OF ROM A N T IC HIS TORY 25 dleton, whom he compares to Bayard in the dedication of that work. By celebrating a certain type of leader in a certain sort of transitional stage in history, Simms attempted to convey both that this was such a time for South Carolina and the South and that such a time demanded such a leader.
By celebrating a certain type of leader in a certain sort of transitional stage in history, Simms attempted to convey both that this was such a time for South Carolina and the South and that such a time demanded such a leader. Simms’s first full-length biography was The Life of Francis Marion, and the work provides the clearest expression of the ideal of the partisan warrior in the Revolutionary moment. If Andrew Jackson provided Simms with his ideal for national leadership in his own age, Francis Marion looms larger than any other figure in South Carolina history.
A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories by Flannery O'Connor