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A Palmetto boy : Civil War-era diaries and letters of James Adams Tillman /
edited by Bobbie Swearingen Smith.
Columbia, S.C. : University of South Carolina Press, c2010.
xx, 210 p.
1570039054 (cloth : alk. paper), 9781570039058 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Columbia, S.C. : University of South Carolina Press, c2010.
1570039054 (cloth : alk. paper)
9781570039058 (cloth : alk. paper)
contents note
James Adams Tillman's family genealogy -- The Carolinas, November 1859-May 1863 -- Mississippi, May 1863-September 1863 -- The mountains, September-November 1863 -- The inlands, December 1863-March 1865 -- Chester, April 1865-June 1865 -- Appendix 1: James Adams Tillman's home -- Appendix 2: Itinerary for James Adams Tillman, 1862-1865 -- Appendix 3: Battles fought in the vicinity of James Adams Tillman, 1862-1865.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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An insightful view of major Civil War battles from a representation of one of South Carolina's most influential families
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The Tillman family of Edgefield, South Carolina, is forever linked to Palmetto State history, but not all of its members have yet had their stories told. James Adams Tillman (1842-1866) never had the chance to become a governor or U.S. senator like his younger brother "Pitchfork" Ben or a U.S. congressman like his older brother George. But, like his more famous siblings, James also dedicated his life to the service of his community and state--a dedication that led to his death at the young age of twenty-four from injuries sustained during the Civil War. Overshadowed in the annals of history by his brothers, James has largely been unrecognized until now. Edited by Bobbie Swearingen Smith, these collected diary entries and family letters offer a significant historical record of the Civil War era as experienced by a steadfast representative of this prominent South Carolina family and offer meaningful insights into James's brief life and ultimate sacrifice.At nineteen James Tillman had completed secondary school and had intentions to pursue a teaching career when the outbreak of the Civil War changed his priorities. Tillman enlisted with the Twenty-fourth South Carolina Volunteer Infantry of Edgefield and attained the rank of captain during the war. He was initially stationed along the coastal defenses south of Charleston and fought in both battles of Secessionville in 1862. He was wounded at Chickamauga in 1863, and his mother and brother Ben brought him home to recover. Tillman returned to duty and spent much of 1864 under the command of General Joseph E. Johnston in Tennessee and North Carolina, retreating from General Sherman's advance. At the war's end, Tillman returned home crestfallen and witnessed the rough onset of Reconstruction, writing in his diaries about those he saw as descending on South Carolina to profit from the defeated South. In June 1866, a little more than a year after his discharge, he died of complications from his combat wounds.Through the combination of Tillman's diaries and letters, the modern reader is invited to share in both the immediacy of his thoughts from the war front and his contemplative expressions of those experiences for his home-front audience of family members. Tillman's personal narrative adds another layer to our understanding of the historical significance of the Tillman family and offers a compelling firsthand account of the motivations and actions of a young South Carolinian at war as he struggled to find sense in the midst of unfathomable chaos.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations and Mapsp. viii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. xi
James Adams Tillman's Family Genealogyp. xv
The Carolinas
November 1859-May 1863p. 1
May-September 1863p. 69
The Mountains
September-November 1863p. 84
The Inlands
December 1863-March 1865p. 88
April 1865-June 1866p. 146
James Adams Tillman's Homep. 189
Itinerary for James Adams Tillman, 1862-1865p. 193
Battles Fought in the Vicinity of James Adams Tillman, 1862-1865p. 195
Bibliographyp. 201
Indexp. 203
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