- "We fought together. Tolliver Humphries was my friend. He was a brave man, perhaps to a fault. I daresay it contributed to his death."
- ―Bill Compton[src]
Tolliver Humphries fought alongside Bill Compton during the Civil War.
As told by Bill, he and Tolliver Humphries were in a battle together outnumbered by Union soldiers. While they were safe behind a tree, a teenage boy from their troop lay wounded in the middle of a field screaming for someone to save him. When Bill tried to shoot the dying boy to shut him up, Tolliver convinced him that doing so would be an act of murder. Tolliver told Bill that God wanted him to save the boy, so he ran to his aid despite Bill's protestations. However, Humphries was killed by enemy fire before he could be of any help. Under cover of night, Bill and the rest of the troop recovered Tolliver's body.