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D. Tillson

D. Tillson

Federal (USV)


Davis Tillson

(1830 - 1895)

Home State: Maine

Education: US Military Academy, West Point, NY

Command Billet: Corps Chief of Artillery

Branch of Service: Artillery

Unit: First Army Corps

Before Antietam

He entered West Point in 1849, but resigned two years later, having injured his foot so that it required amputation. In 1857 he was elected to the Maine legislature, and in 1858 became adjutant-general of the state. In 1861 he was appointed Captain of the 2d Maine Battery. On 22 May 1862 he was promoted Major and made chief of artillery in General Edward O. C. Ord's division. After Cedar Mountain, 9 August, 1862, he was assigned to General McDowell's staff as chief of artillery

On the Campaign

He was chief of Artillery of the the Federal First (I) Army Corps.

The rest of the War

He was inspector of Artillery until April 1863, when he was went West, where he was assigned to various positions in the Depertments of Tennesse, the Ohio, and the Cumberland until the close of the War. THese included a regiment of US Colored Artillery and an infantry division. He was commissioned Brigadier General in March 1863 (to date from 29 November, 1862).

After the War

He remained on duty until 1 December, 1866, in charge of the freedmen's bureau at Memphis, and subsequently in Georgia. For a year he remained in Georgia after his resignation, engaged in cotton-planting, but then returned to Rockland, Maine, where he was in the granite business.

References & notes

Source: Appleton's1. Photo above from Uriguen2.


4/14/1830; Rockland, ME


4/30/1895; Rockland, ME; burial in Achorn Cemetery, Rockland, ME


1   Fiske, John, and James Grant Wilson, editors, Appleton's Cyclopedia of American Biography, 6 vols., New York City: D. Appleton and Company, 1887-1889  [AotW citation 836]

2   Uriguen, Mikel, Photo Gallery (Generals and Brevet Generals), Generals of the Civil War, Published c. 1998, first accessed 01 January 1998, <>, Source page: /ngt/tillson.htm  [AotW citation 837]