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By Bobbie Swearingen Smith

The Tillman family members of Edgefield, South Carolina, is eternally associated with Palmetto country historical past, yet no longer 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 well-known siblings, James additionally devoted his existence to the carrier of his group and state—a commitment that resulted in his demise on the younger age of twenty-four from accidents sustained through the Civil struggle. Overshadowed within the annals of historical past by way of his brothers, James has mostly been unrecognized previously. Edited by means of Bobbie Swearingen Smith, those accumulated diary entries and kinfolk letters provide an important historic list of the Civil struggle period as skilled by means of a steadfast consultant of this in demand South Carolina kinfolk and provide 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 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 through the warfare. He was once firstly 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 get better. Tillman back to accountability and spent a lot of 1864 lower than the command of normal Joseph E. Johnston in Tennessee and North Carolina, backing out from normal Sherman's increase. 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 learn from the defeated South. In June 1866, a bit greater than a yr after his discharge, he died of issues from his strive against wounds.

Through the mix of Tillman's diaries and letters, the fashionable reader is invited to proportion in either the immediacy of his options from the warfare entrance and his contemplative expressions of these reviews for his home-front viewers of family. Tillman's own narrative provides one other layer to our realizing of the old value of the Tillman kin and gives a compelling firsthand account of the motivations and activities of a tender South Carolinian at battle as he struggled to discover feel in the course of unfathomable chaos.

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