Born in 1845 to John and Elishaba Tillman. He enlisted in the 21st AL Infantry Co. I on October 13, 1861 at Halls Mill in Mobile, AL.

He was captured on August 7, 1864 at Fort Morgan and was imprisoned at Elmira. He was paroled April 2, 1865.

He developed heart problems as a result of his service and died in 1911.