Isom Glover was known as the torch-tender and had charge of the firewood for the estate. According to Mrs. Oliphant, "It was he who, as a young man, at great personal risk saved the [Benjamin] West portrait of Simms when the house was burned [by Sherman's troops] in 1865." He does not appear in Beecher's list of freedmen at Woodlands in June of 1865. However, he is listed as having a sharecropper's account at Woodlands in January of 1868. An Isom Glover shows up in the 1870s census in Midway, at age 24, living with wife Sarah, 20, and son Robert, 2. There is an Isham Glover, age 35, in the 1880 Midway census with wife Martha, and children Mariah, Paul, Laura and Gabriel.
An Isham Glover from Bamberg is also recorded in the 1890s Special Schedule of Surviving Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Widows of the US during the War of the Rebellion. Although not identified in federal military records as having enlisted or served in the US Army, he apparently provided some service or support to federal troops during the Civil War, despite saving the West portrait of his master, perhaps when Sherman's troops as they passed through Midway. He was the only African American listed in the Special Schedule from the Bamberg area.Close this Window