Monday, January 28, 2008

Captain Harrison Tillinghast

Located in Riverside Cemetery in Marianna, this stone memorializes Captain Harrison Tillinghast, an officer from Jackson County who was killed at the Battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg), Maryland.

Born in 1841, Tillinghast was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in Company F, 2nd Florida Infantry, on May 10, 1861. Promoted to 1st lieutenant one year later and finally to captain, he was with the 2nd Florida during Lee's 1862 invasion of the North. The son of a prominent Jackson County family, the 21 year old captain served in some of the bloodiest fighting of the war.

During the Peninsula campaign, he was wounded at the Battle of Seven Pines, Virginia. This was the same battle that resulted in the wounding of General Joseph E. Johnston and the assumption of command by General Robert E. Lee.

Tillinghast was killed in the brutal fighting at Antietam (Sharpsburg) and buried in Maryland, far from home. Like many Southern soldiers and officers, he was memorialized by his family at home through the erection of a stone in a local cemetery.


Towner Blackstock said...

This memorial doesn't look like a nineteenth century stone; I'm guessing it was placed there in the mid-20th century. Or perhaps it was a replacement for an older stone.

You mentioned that Tillinghast was wounded at Seven Pines; I'm looking for some documentation of this? Thanks!

Dale said...

No, I agree that it is a 20th century stone. I'm not sure there was an older one, but there could have been. The information on his wounding at Seven Pines is from his Service Record. If you don't have a copy, let me know and I'll be glad to send you one.

Dale Cox