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Tillman in Jasper County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Tillman

 
 
Tillman Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 2008
1. Tillman Marker
Inscription. By 1820, the road to Two Sisters Ferry intersected the Purrysburg road at this spot, which had become known as Hennis Crossroads by 1848. A post office established here in 1880 was given the name Tillman. According to tradition, this was to honor U.S. Congressman George D. Tillman, brother of Benjamin Ryan ( "Pitchfork Ben" ) Tillman. Governor of S.C. from 1890 to 1894.
 
Erected 1984 by Citizens of Jasper County and Jasper County Historical Society. (Marker Number 27-5.)
 
Location. 32° 27.808′ N, 81° 6.432′ W. Marker is in Tillman, South Carolina, in Jasper County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 336 and U.S. 321, on the right when traveling west on State Highway 336. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tillman SC 29943, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tillman Baptist Church (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); St Matthews Baptist Church (approx. one mile away); J. Lamar Brantley Road (approx. 4.5 miles away); Great Swamp Baptist Church (approx. 5.5 miles away); St. Paul's Methodist Church
Tillman Marker at the intersection of U.S. Route 321 and South Carolina State Route 336 image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
2. Tillman Marker at the intersection of U.S. Route 321 and South Carolina State Route 336
(approx. 7.2 miles away); Jasper County / Jasper County Courthouse (approx. 7.3 miles away); Ridgeland Baptist Church (approx. 7.3 miles away); Ridgeland (approx. 7.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tillman.
 
Also see . . .
1. George D. Tillman. Enlisted during the Civil War and served in the Third Regiment of South Carolina State troops in 1862. Shortly after its disbandment entered the Second Regiment of South Carolina Artillery, in which he served until the close of the war. He was again a member of the State house of representatives in 1864. He served as member of the State constitutional convention in 1865, held under the reconstruction proclamation of President Johnson. He served in the State senate in 1865. He was an unsuccessful candidate for election in 1876 to the Forty-fifth Congress. (Submitted on June 22, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

2. Benjamin Ryan Tillman. A hotheaded and intemperate debater, Tillman became known as "Pitchfork Ben" after a speech he made on the Senate floor in 1896. In this speech, Tillman made several references to pitchforks and threatened to go to the White House and "poke old Grover [Cleveland] with a pitchfork" to prod him into action. (Submitted on June 22, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

3. Island Packet , January 15, 2008. Should a statue of Tillman be put up on the South Carolina statehouse grounds? (Submitted on June 22, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 22, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 974 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 22, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Christopher Busta-Peck was the editor who published this page.
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