By Bobbie Swearingen Smith

The Tillman relations of Edgefield, South Carolina, is without end associated with Palmetto country heritage, yet no longer all of its participants haven't begun had their tales instructed. James Adams Tillman (1842–1866) by no means had the opportunity to turn 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 devoted his lifestyles to the carrier of his group and state—a commitment that resulted in his dying on the younger age of twenty-four from accidents sustained through the Civil struggle. Overshadowed within the annals of heritage through his brothers, James has mostly been unrecognized earlier. Edited via Bobbie Swearingen Smith, those accrued diary entries and family members letters provide an important ancient list of the Civil warfare period as skilled by means of a steadfast consultant of this famous South Carolina family members and provide 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 occupation whilst the outbreak of the Civil warfare 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 was once at the start stationed alongside the coastal defenses south of Charleston and fought in either battles of Secessionville in 1862. He used to be wounded at Chickamauga in 1863, and his mom and brother Ben introduced him domestic to recuperate. Tillman lower back to accountability and spent a lot of 1864 below the command of basic Joseph E. Johnston in Tennessee and North Carolina, taking flight from normal Sherman's enhance. on the war's finish, Tillman back 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 yr after his discharge, he died of problems from his wrestle wounds.

Through the combo of Tillman's diaries and letters, the fashionable reader is invited to percentage in either the immediacy of his options from the conflict entrance and his contemplative expressions of these stories for his home-front viewers of relatives. Tillman's own narrative provides one other layer to our knowing of the historic value of the Tillman kin and gives a compelling firsthand account of the motivations and activities of a tender South Carolinian at struggle as he struggled to discover feel in the course of unfathomable chaos.

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