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By Bobbie Swearingen Smith

ISBN-10: 1570039054

ISBN-13: 9781570039058

The Tillman kin of Edgefield, South Carolina, is perpetually associated with Palmetto kingdom historical past, yet now not all of its contributors 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 recognized siblings, James additionally committed his lifestyles to the carrier of his neighborhood and state—a commitment that resulted in his loss of life on the younger age of twenty-four from accidents sustained in the course of the Civil battle. Overshadowed within the annals of historical past through his brothers, James has mostly been unrecognized previously. Edited by means of Bobbie Swearingen Smith, those accrued diary entries and relations letters provide an important old list of the Civil warfare period as skilled by way of a steadfast consultant of this sought after 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 educating profession while the outbreak of the Civil struggle replaced his priorities. Tillman enlisted with the Twenty-fourth South Carolina Volunteer Infantry of Edgefield and attained the rank of captain throughout the struggle. He was once firstly 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 again to responsibility 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 boost. 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 yr after his discharge, he died of problems from his strive against wounds.

Through the mix of Tillman's diaries and letters, the trendy reader is invited to percentage in either the immediacy of his innovations from the conflict entrance and his contemplative expressions of these reports for his home-front viewers of family. Tillman's own narrative provides one other layer to our figuring out of the historic value of the Tillman relatives and gives a compelling firsthand account of the motivations and activities of a tender South Carolinian at conflict as he struggled to discover experience in the middle of unfathomable chaos.

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