By Bobbie Swearingen Smith
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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A Palmetto Boy: Civil War-Era Diaries and Letters of James Adams Tillman by Bobbie Swearingen Smith