(1838 - 1877)
Home State: Mississippi
Education: U of Mississippi
Branch of Service: Infantry
From Lafayette County, a student at the University of Mississippi (Class of 1863), he enrolled in Company A - the University Greys - 11th Mississippi Infantry at Oxford on 26 April 1861. He was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant and promoted to First Lieutenant, dates not given.
On the Campaign
He was wounded in the left arm action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.
The rest of the War
His arm was amputated and he resigned his commission on account of wounds on 8 April 1863. He returned to Mississippi and was
engaged in running the blockade to supply the great needs of his neighborhood, was arrested in Memphis as a spy, imprisoned in the old Irving Block Prison on Second Street and finally released [in January 1865] on $10,000.00 bond to report daily to the Federal provost marshal.He took the oath of allegiance in Memphis on 12 April 1865.
References & notes
His service from his Compiled Confederate Service Records via the Historical Data Systems database. Details from The University Greys,1 source of the quote above, and the Catalogue of the Officers and Students of the University of Mississippi (1894). His gravesite is on Findagrave. His picture from a photograph in University Grey uniform in the collection of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, posted online by Starke Miler.
His brother Robert N. Taylor, also a University Grey, was killed at Sharpsburg. Joseph married Agnes Hazeltine Paris (1844-1937) in November 1870.
04/10/1838; Yocona Station (now Taylor), Lafayette County, MS
02/24/1877; burial in Yocona Cemetery, Lafayette County, MS