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TILGHMAN, Lloyd (1816-1863) Graduated from West Point in 1836, this Confederate general represented Kentucky during the Civil War as brigadier general. Tilghman was made inspector of Forts Henry and Donelson in Tennessee and almost immediately began warning that these areas were in a terrible state of unreadiness. Despite his pleas, General Polk sent no help. Tilghman took personal command at Fort Henry and did everything in his power to warn his superiors of impending Union attack. When Grant's attack nearly encircled the fort, Tilghman sent all but a skeleton garrison to Fort Donelson. He gallantly remained with the remnant of his men and was taken prisoner. He was exchanged in the Fall of 1862 for John F. Reynolds. Assigned to command of a brigade, he spent the rest of his life in the defense of Vicksburg. When his old nemesis U.S. Grant crossed the river south of the city, Tilghman's brigade served as a part of John Pemberton's field force. On May 16, 1863, Tilghman was killed by a shell while supervising his artillery. Autograph Letter Signed 1pp., "Resp. Yr. Obt. Svt., Lloyd Tilghman, Brig. Gen. Comdg. 1st Div", to Major M.M. Kimmel, Assistant Adjutant General, datelined: "Hd. Qrts. 1st Div., 1st Corps Army Dept. Miss. & East La., Camp Lovell, Dec. 16, 1862. In large part, " In accordance to Special Orders No. 1 from Army Hd. Qrts., I make the following report on all Division, Brigade and Regimental Ordnance Officers in my Division... [goes on to list 14 Ordnance Officers, giving their unit and rank.] "
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