Closer view of the Confederate Brigadier General Lloyd Tilghman Bronze Statue at Vicksburg National Military Park. He died at the Champion Hill battlefield after "a Parrott shell struck him in the side, nearly cutting him in twain" (twain means two). Before the fatal wound occurred, "He was in particular good humor. He wore a new fatigue uniform... The General in a pleasant manner said to our Captain, I think you and your Lieutenants had better dismount. They are shooting pretty close to us, and I do not know whether they are shooting at your fine grey horse or my new uniform. They very promptly obeyed the suggestion... It is true that a horse was killed by the same missile and I noticed that the horse was dead some time before the General ceased to breathe, though he was unconscious." "Just before he dismounted, he ordered his son, a boy of about 17 years to go with a squad and drive some sharpshooters from a gin house on our left, who were annoying our cannoneers. The son had been gone 10 or 15 minutes on this mission before his father was killed." "I shall never forget the touching scene when the grief and lamentations he cast himself on his dying and unconscious father. Those of us who witnessed this distressing scene shed tears of sympathy, for the bereaved son and of sorrow for our fallen hero, the chivalrous and beloved Tilghman." Tilghman's sons donated this statue and it was erected on May 19, 1926.
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