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48th Alabama Infantry (CSA)
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Name: Tillman HammettRank: Private Company: G

Youngest of the 6 Hammett brothers, Tillman was born July 4, 1834 in Spartanburg S.C. Tillman enlisted in Co. G under Capt. John Morange at Gadsden May 10 1862. Arriving at Auburn Alabama, the company was mustered into service May 22nd, and reached Richmond Va. abt. June 1st. Tillman was present for all the battles of the reg't until like bro. Perry he was captured in the assault on Ft. Sanders Nov. 25 1863. Tillman was sent to Camp Chase Ohio, then on to Rock Island Prison. During that icy winter Federal authorities came around offering food and clothing to any prisoner willing to enlist in the Union army. Given the proviso that they would be employed on the frontier and NOT go south to fight against the Confederacy, many prisoners accepted the offer. As told by Dee Brown in his book 'GALVANIZED YANKEES' there was a great deal of debate among the POWs regarding the merits of this offer. Many soldiers drew straws. The loser enlisted the other stayed. Tilman lost. But now receiving Federal clothes and food, he could smuggle some of the provisions in to Perry helping his brother survive. Tillman went west with the 2 U.S. Volunteers to Ft. Riley Kansas where he remained until Aug. 28 1865. Discharged, Tillman came home to Alabama. He married Rebecca Engle in 1866 and raised a large family near Aurora. Tillman received a U.S. Pension for many years before his death in 1916. He is buried beside Rebecca and close to brother Perry in the Aurora cemetery.

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