By Bobbie Swearingen Smith
At nineteen James Tillman had accomplished secondary college and had intentions to pursue a educating occupation while 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 in the course of the battle. 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 back to responsibility and spent a lot of 1864 less than the command of normal Joseph E. Johnston in Tennessee and North Carolina, chickening out from basic Sherman's strengthen. on the war's finish, Tillman lower 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 12 months 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 proportion in either the immediacy of his strategies from the conflict entrance and his contemplative expressions of these stories for his home-front viewers of relatives. Tillman's own narrative provides one other layer to our knowing of the historic importance 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 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