MOVING FINGER OF JASPER
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SALUTE TO MEN OF HISTORY
JAMES W. MOORE.
Born at Coosawhatchie in 1837, James W. Moore attended school
at the Gillisonville Academy. He became a graduate of the
University of Georgia, and was admitted to the bar in 1859.
At the outbreak of War he entered the Beaufort District
Cavalry Troop as first sergeant; the next year he was elected
He participated in battles on the Potomac; around Yorktown,
Williamsburg, Seven Pines, Richmond, Manassas, Harper's
Ferry, Sharpsburg; and in the Shenandoah engagements. He
was wounded at the battle of Brandy Station. Later in the
War, Lieutenant Moore was stationed at James Island on the
South Carolina coast. In North Carolina, he took part in
the defense of Fort Fisher and of Town Creek.
After the War, he was elected to the legislature from Beaufort
District. He moved his family to Hampton when it became
a county seat, and was elected to the Senate, holding the
post for 16 years. He was also chairman of the State Democratic
Executive Committee. Later, he was appointed Major General
of the state militia.
For many years, General Moore's law office remained standing
in Gillisonville. His remains rest in the family plot of
the Baptist church cemetery. His wife was Cornelia Elizabeth
Tillinghast, herself a daughter of a distinguished Coosawhatchie
lawyer and state senator.