It would be wrong in any account of Henry Timrod's life to omit his best friend and teacher, William James Rivers, who indeed wrote of Timrod. Rivers began "Eldred", a poem which he later turned into a novel in verse (1904), in a little book actually entitled, "A Little Book", in order to raise funds to place a monument on Henry Timrod's grave. Before Henry Timrod was ever poet laureate of the Confederacy, he was the grandson of Mr. Dimrud, Charleston's wealthiest planter, and a student of William James Rivers, whose manuscripts  still form an important part of the manuscript collection of the University of South Carolina, which re-published as recently as 2006 Rivers's "Eunice: A Tale of Reconstruction Times in South Carolina"  and are also a rich source of original materiel pertaining to Henry Timrod. At the time of Timrod's death in poverty, who had been Charleston's wealthiest citizen, he was living in Columbia near neighbours to Professor Rivers, his dear old friend. "A Little Book" was published after his death exclusively for the purpose of raising a monument over Timrod's grave, Timrod having died the last of his family, even his little son having pre-deceased him in the aftermath of the war.