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By Bobbie Swearingen Smith

The Tillman kin of Edgefield, South Carolina, is ceaselessly associated with Palmetto country background, 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 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 existence to the provider of his group and state—a commitment that resulted in his loss of life on the younger age of twenty-four from accidents sustained through the Civil warfare. Overshadowed within the annals of heritage by means of his brothers, James has principally been unrecognized previously. Edited via Bobbie Swearingen Smith, those amassed diary entries and kinfolk letters supply an important ancient checklist of the Civil warfare period as skilled via a steadfast consultant of this admired South Carolina relatives and supply significant insights into James's short existence and supreme sacrifice.

At nineteen James Tillman had accomplished secondary college 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 throughout the struggle. He used to be in the beginning 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 get well. Tillman lower back to responsibility and spent a lot of 1864 less than the command of common Joseph E. Johnston in Tennessee and North Carolina, chickening out from normal Sherman's boost. 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 strive against wounds.

Through the combo of Tillman's diaries and letters, the trendy reader is invited to proportion in either the immediacy of his concepts from the battle entrance and his contemplative expressions of these reviews for his home-front viewers of kinfolk. Tillman's own narrative provides one other layer to our knowing of the historic importance of the Tillman kinfolk and gives 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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