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By Bobbie Swearingen Smith

ISBN-10: 1570039054

ISBN-13: 9781570039058

The Tillman family members of Edgefield, South Carolina, is ceaselessly associated with Palmetto nation background, yet no longer all of its individuals have not 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 well-known siblings, James additionally devoted his existence to the provider of his group and state—a commitment that ended in his loss of life on the younger age of twenty-four from accidents sustained through the Civil struggle. Overshadowed within the annals of historical past by means of his brothers, James has mostly been unrecognized formerly. Edited through Bobbie Swearingen Smith, those accrued diary entries and kinfolk letters supply an important historic checklist of the Civil conflict period as skilled by way of a steadfast consultant of this well-liked South Carolina kinfolk and supply significant insights into James's short lifestyles and supreme sacrifice.

At nineteen James Tillman had accomplished secondary institution and had intentions to pursue a educating occupation 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 throughout the warfare. He used to be at first 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 recuperate. Tillman back to accountability and spent a lot of 1864 below the command of common Joseph E. Johnston in Tennessee and North Carolina, backing out from normal Sherman's strengthen. 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 learn from the defeated South. In June 1866, a bit greater than a yr after his discharge, he died of issues from his wrestle wounds.

Through the mix of Tillman's diaries and letters, the trendy reader is invited to proportion in either the immediacy of his ideas 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 historic importance of the Tillman relatives and provides a compelling firsthand account of the motivations and activities of a tender South Carolinian at warfare as he struggled to discover experience in the course of unfathomable chaos.

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