The Death of General Tilghman

The Death of General Tilghman (HM22IV)

Location: Edwards, MS 39066 Hinds County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 18.268', W 90° 33.689'

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General Lloyd Tilghman, a graduate of West Point Military Academy,
settled in Kentucky after the Mexican War. In October, 1861, Tilghman
was commissioned Brigadier General in the Confederate Army.

At Champion Hill he led a brigade whose artillery battled against a
Union battery all day. From a position on the next ridge to the left
and astride Raymond Road, Tilghman's brigade covered the retreat
of Pemberton's scattered army. At the height of this action, Tilghman
was shot and killed. His troops took his body with them and buried him
in Vicksburg. Tilghman's remains were later reinterred in Woodlawn
Cemetery in New York City.

The Monuments

In 1907 Tilghman's sons, Frederick B. and Sidell Tilghman, proposed a
dramatic equestrian statue in memory of their father for installation in
the Vicksburg National Military Park. Sculpted by E. William Sievers,
the monument was erected in 1926.

Tilghman's sons also erected a stone monument marking the spot where
he was killed at Champion Hill. To identify the site, Capt. William T.
Rigby, superintendent of the Vicksburg National Military Park, gathered
with several eyewitnesses and neighbors, including J.G. Spencer of Port
Gibson, to determine the exact location. Spencer was serving an artillery
piece only 30 feet away
when Tilghman was killed.

The stone monument is located just off the road approximately 0.2 miles
to the left. The monument is located on private property.

"We learned from these prisoners that the last shot we
had fired had killed General Tilghman the ball passing
entirely through him, and killing his horse behind him."

Corp. Charles P Haseltine, Chicago Mercantile Battery,
"My Last Shot in the Vicksburg Campaign"
HM NumberHM22IV
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, November 3rd, 2017 at 7:03pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 729596 N 3576796
Decimal Degrees32.30446667, -90.56148333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 18.268', W 90° 33.689'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 18' 16.08" N, 90° 33' 41.34" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)601
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1000-1084 Adams Ln, Edwards MS 39066, US
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