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

By Bobbie Swearingen Smith

The Tillman relatives of Edgefield, South Carolina, is perpetually associated with Palmetto kingdom historical past, yet no longer all of its contributors have not begun had their tales informed. 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 well-known siblings, James additionally devoted his lifestyles to the carrier of his neighborhood and state—a commitment that ended in his loss of life on the younger age of twenty-four from accidents sustained through the Civil warfare. Overshadowed within the annals of historical past by way of his brothers, James has mostly been unrecognized in the past. Edited via Bobbie Swearingen Smith, those gathered diary entries and relatives letters provide an important historic list of the Civil conflict period as skilled through a steadfast consultant of this well known South Carolina kin 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 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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