James Louis was living in Jasper County, Mississippi, when the Civil War broke out. Although he was only 16 years old, he went with his father to Ellisville (Jones Co.) Mississippi, on August 1, 1861 and signed up. The two Tippits served under Captain McLemore until William Tippit was discharged in 1862. James Louis was a Private in Company K, 8th Mississippi Infantry, but was later transferred to the "Jasper Blues" at Marian Station on 4 October 1862. He was captured by the Union forces at the Battle of Chicamunga in Georgia and became a prisoner of war. The prisoners were shipped Camp Douglas, Illinois, on 19 September 1863. On the way to Illinois, they were detained at Louisville, KY, for a short period of time. It was probably here, while he was a prisoner, that James Louis remembered lying on a cot beside so many sick men. They all had yellow fever, and were dying. He was so afraid that he was going to catch yellow fever and die, that he drank all the brandy he could get his hands on. He believed that the brandy would keep him from getting sick, and there must be some truth to it. Most of those men died, but James Louis Tippit lived to tell this story to his children many times. He was released from prison on 3 April 1865 and returned to Mississippi.
One of his favorite war stories that he loved to tell his children was when he fooled the Yankee soldiers into believing he was dead. His daughter, Maud, says that her father told her he fought in one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War, and after it was all over the field was full of bodies. James Louis had been wounded and as he lay there amidst those bodies, he saw some Yankees approaching. He knew his only chance of survival was to pretend he was dead. When they reached him, one of the Yankee soldiers kicked him, and pointed his gun at James Louis's head. One Yankee replied, "Don't you go wasting a bullet on the old yellar bellie, he's already dead." James Louis lay there, not daring to breathe, even though he was in terrible pain. He always laughed about this story and believed he was able to fool the old "blue bellies."
When the war was over, James Louis returned to Mississippi where he married Amanda Elizabeth Patrick, September 3, 1867, and 15 children were born. "Mandy," as she was called, was born 8 May 1854 SC and died 20 July 1930 MS at the age of 76. After their marriage, they moved to Louisiana and settled in Rapides Parish near James' father, William Tippit. After several years, James Louis returned to Mississippi, where he remained until his death.
He was a most remarkable man; only attended school for six months, but was noted as the best farmer in Panola Co. MS. He bought 90 acres of land after the war, settled down, and raised 15 children. He built a log cabin for his family with the help of only one man. He raised cotton, corn, and everything imaginable to eat. Although times were very hard, his children always had plenty of good things to eat, from what their father raised. He took such pride in his farm that people for miles around used to say it looked like a "Show Place." He would work on the farm until fall, and during the winter he would go to the timberland for cross-ties to build railroads with. He also split rails on his farm, and his fences were built with these rails.
James Louis Tippit had a violent temper, but to his children he was always smiling and gentle, and a more honest man never lived. He loved his Bible and would read it to his children on Sundays, as that was the only day he rested.
James Louis was always a healthy man, never sick except during the war. A wound in his leg bothered him after the war, but he never complained. About three years before he died, he developed heart and stomach trouble, and it eventually killed him.
Chapel Hill Cemetery Pope, Panola County, Mississippi, USA 
"United States Census, 1860", database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M6GJ-BL4 : 26 July 2017), James L Tippett in entry for W J Tippett, 1860.
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