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Federal (USV)


Elijah Dixon Taft

(1819 - 1915)

Home State: New York

Command Billet: Battery Commander

Branch of Service: Artillery

Unit: New York Light Artillery, 5th Battery

Before Antietam

He was a carpenter in Brooklyn, NY and had experience in the NY State Militia from about 1841, probably becoming a Captain in the 60th Regiment by 1857. He had run for State office in 1855. He was the original commander of the Exelsior Battery on its organization in November 1861, his commission as their Captain effective 10 October 1861.

On the Campaign

He commanded his battery on the Maryland Campaign.

The rest of the War

He led the battery through the War, including at Gettysburg in 1863, and was still in command when they mustered out of service on 6 July 1865. He was honored by brevet to Major of Volunteers on 13 March 1865.

References & notes

Life dates from family genealogists thanks to a pointer from Chris Van Blargan. Federal service information from Phisterer1.

More on the Web

See some further details about Taft in a blog post on behindAotW.


04/28/1819; Mamaroneck, NY


03/02/1915 Freeport, NY


1   Phisterer, Frederick, New York in the War of the Rebellion, 6 volumes, Albany: J. B. Lyon Company, 1909-12, Vol. 2, pp. 1571 - 1574  [AotW citation 13138]