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Civil War Soldiers - Tillson

Tillson, Davis, brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Rockland, Me., April 14, 1830. He spent two years at West Point, and then resigned because of an accident that required the amputation of his leg. In 1857 he was elected to the state legislature, in the following year was appointed adjutant-general of the state, and early in 1861 was appointed collector of customs of the Waldoboro (Maine) district. In 1861 he was commissioned captain of the 2nd Me. battery. He remained in Maine, owing to the apprehension of difficulty with England on account of the "Trent" affair, till April, 1862, when he reported for duty in Washington, D. C. In the following month he was promoted major and appointed chief of artillery in Gen. Ord's division, and in August, after the battle of Cedar mountain, became chief of artillery on Gen. McDowell's staff, taking part in the action at Rappahannock station and the second battle of Bull Run. He was commissioned brigadier- general of volunteers, to date from Nov. 29, 1862, and after serving as inspector of artillery till April, 1863, he was ordered to Cincinnati as chief of artillery for fortifications in the Department of the Ohio, where he had charge of the defenses of Cincinnati and the works on the Louisville & Nashville railroad. While here he also raised two regiments of heavy artillery. In December following he was ordered to the supervision of defensive works at Knoxville, Tenn., and was assigned to the command of a brigade in the 23d corps, with which he served in several engagements during the winter of 1863-64. From Knoxville, where he constructed what were commended as the best works in the military division of the Mississippi, he was transferred to the command of the District of East Tennessee, serving there till early in 1865, when he was assigned to the 4th division, Department of the Cumberland, which he commanded till the close of the war. He was retained in the service till Dec. 1, 1866, having charge of branches of the Freedmen's bureau in Tennessee and Georgia. He was engaged as a cotton planter in Georgia for a year, then returned to his birthplace and became interested in the lime and granite business. Gen. Tillson died in Portland, Me., April 30, 1895.

Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908

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