"Tennessee Trails" through Bedford County

Bedford County TN Biographies


Lawyer, farmer; born in Bedford Co., Tenn., Nov. 25, 1841; son of Lewis and Mary C. (Davidson) Tillman; educated University of Nashville 1860; attended law school at the Cumberland University before the war; entered C.S.A. as a Lieutenant in a company from Shelbyville, Tenn.; elected Lieut.-Col. of 41st Tenn. Regiment Sept. 1862, Colonel, 1863; commanded a regiment at Chickamauga, where he was severely wounded at Snodgrass Hill; upon recovery resumed command; later was made Col. of 3rd Consolidated Tenn. Regiment; was taken prisoner at Fort Donelson, and was at Johnson’s Island until exchanged Sept. 1862; surrendered with Joe Johnston’s Army in N.C.; removed to Fayetteville and entered the practice of law, 1865-1896; married Mary Frances Bonner in 1865; Democrat; member Tenn. House of Representatives, 1870; Senate, 1873, 1893, 1901; U.S. Minister to Ecuador, 1895-98.

Source: Who’s Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; transcribed by Kim Mohler

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