By Bobbie Swearingen Smith

ISBN-10: 1570039054

ISBN-13: 9781570039058

The Tillman kinfolk of Edgefield, South Carolina, is ceaselessly associated with Palmetto nation historical past, yet no longer all of its participants haven't begun had their tales informed. James Adams Tillman (1842–1866) by no means had the opportunity to develop into a governor or U.S. senator like his more youthful brother "Pitchfork" Ben or a U.S. congressman like his older brother George. yet, like his extra recognized siblings, James additionally committed his lifestyles to the carrier of his group and state—a commitment that ended in his demise on the younger age of twenty-four from accidents sustained throughout the Civil battle. Overshadowed within the annals of historical past by way of his brothers, James has principally been unrecognized previously. Edited through Bobbie Swearingen Smith, those gathered diary entries and kin letters provide an important old list of the Civil warfare period as skilled via a steadfast consultant of this favourite South Carolina kinfolk and supply significant insights into James's short existence and supreme sacrifice.

At nineteen James Tillman had accomplished secondary university and had intentions to pursue a instructing profession whilst the outbreak of the Civil battle replaced his priorities. Tillman enlisted with the Twenty-fourth South Carolina Volunteer Infantry of Edgefield and attained the rank of captain through the conflict. He used to be first and foremost stationed alongside the coastal defenses south of Charleston and fought in either battles of Secessionville in 1862. He was once wounded at Chickamauga in 1863, and his mom and brother Ben introduced him domestic to get better. Tillman lower back to responsibility and spent a lot of 1864 less than the command of normal Joseph E. Johnston in Tennessee and North Carolina, backing out from normal Sherman's increase. on the war's finish, Tillman again domestic crestfallen and witnessed the tough onset of Reconstruction, writing in his diaries approximately these he observed as descending on South Carolina to benefit from the defeated South. In June 1866, a bit greater than a 12 months after his discharge, he died of problems from his strive against wounds.

Through the combo of Tillman's diaries and letters, the fashionable reader is invited to percentage in either the immediacy of his strategies from the warfare entrance and his contemplative expressions of these stories for his home-front viewers of family. Tillman's own narrative provides one other layer to our realizing of the old importance of the Tillman relations and provides a compelling firsthand account of the motivations and activities of a tender South Carolinian at battle as he struggled to discover experience in the course of unfathomable chaos.

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