Lloyd Tilghman was born on January 26, 1818. When he was 15 he enrolled in the United States Military Academy at West Point. After graduating he left his post and took up a career of a civil engineer for the growing railroad company. In 1843 he married Augusta Murray Boyd and reenlisted in the army during the Mexican American War just 3 years after. Once the war was over he had gained the title of captain.
In 1852 the Tilghmans relocated to Paducah, Kentucky where Lloyd continued his employment with the railroad system throughout Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Arkansas. In response to the outbreak of the Civil War, Lloyd joined the Confederate army while in Tennessee. He was appointed as colonel of the Third Kentucky Infantry Regiment on October 5, 1861 and rose to a brigadier general as he lost to Union troops at Fort Henry in February 1862. Even though he lost, Confederate President Jefferson Davis praised Tilghman’s efforts at Fort Henry. Following the surrender, Tilghman was taken hostage but was freed during a prisoner exchange in July and was sent to Mississippi.
In the spring of 1863, Tilghman served during the Vicksburg Campaign and was fatally injured with an artillery shell as he was overseeing a Confederate cannon. Lloyd’s son and assistant, Lloyd Tilghman Jr., moved him away from the battlefield. Initially, Lloyd was laid to rest in Vicksburg. However, in 1902, Tilghman’s two surviving sons relocated his remains to New York City to be reburied by his wife.