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Lloyd Tilghman

Date of Birth:      January 18, 1816
Hometown:         Claiborne, MD
Education:           West Point, 1836
Final Wartime Rank:    Brigadier General
Final Peacetime Rank:  N/A

Date of Death:     May 16, 1863
Place of Death:    Champion's Hill, MS
Buried At:            New York, NY

Major Battles:       Fort Henry, Siege of Corinth, Vicksburg Campaign, Battle of Champion's Hill

Interesting Fact(s):    After graduating, from West Point, in 1836, Tilghman would resign his U.S. Army commission to become a railroad construction engineer.  He would serve on General Twigg's staff, during the Mexican War, and was a captain of Maryland, and District of Columbia, soldiers.  Having moved to Kentucky, Tilghman would enter Confederate service from that state.  He was promoted to brigadier general, in October, 1861.  In February, 1862, he would be in charge of inspecting the new forts, in north central Tennessee: Henry, and Donelson.  Commanding Fort Henry, during U.S. Grant's attack, he fought bravely to save the fort, a fort he considered defective in placement, being below the level of the Tennessee River.  He would be captured there, and was not exchanged until the fall of 1862.  Upon being paroled, he was placed in charge of the 1st Brigade, of William Loring's division, in Earl Van Dorn's Army of the West.  He fought bravely at Corinth, being the army's rear guard, in its retreat to Grenada.  Tilghman would be killed in action, during U.S. Grant's Vicksburg Campaign, at the Battle of Champion's Hill, on May 16, 1863.

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