Lloyd Tilghman

Brigadier General

Headstone: Find-a-Grave

Reference: Alabama Department of Archives & History. Custodian of the original pictures. Confederate Officers photo album.  http://www.archives.alabama.gov/conoffalb/index.html

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Lloyd Tilghman was born at Rich Neck Manor, near Claiborne, Md., Jan. 18, 1816. Graduated from West Point in 1836, he resigned from the army the same year. From then until the outbreak of the Civil War, he was continuously employed as construction engineer on a number of railroads in the South, save for a period during the war with Mexico when he served on General Twiggs' staff and was captain of the Maryland and District of Columbia battalion of volunteers. Having made his residence in Paducah, Kentucky, since 1852, Tilghman entered the Confederate Army from that state in 1861. In February of the year following he was charged with the inspection of Forts Henry and Donelson, and was in command of the former. He had noted its defective location prior to the Federal attack, but he nonetheless made a gallant defense and only surrendered the work to Grant after having sent the main portion of his troops to Donelson. A brigadier from October 18, 1861, he was not exchanged until the fall of 1862, when he took command of the 1st Brigade of General Loring's division in Van Dorn's Army of the West. Tilghman fought at Corinth, and during the retreat of the army from Holly Springs to Grenada, was in command of the rear guard. On May 16, 1863, while directing the fire of his artillery in the battle of Baker's Creek (Champion's Hill) , he was struck in the chest by a shell fragment, which passed through his body. He is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, New York, N. Y.

Ref: Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders by Ezra J. Warner.  Printed by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London.