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W.H. Taylor

W.H. Taylor

Confederate (CSA)


Walter Herron Taylor

(1838 - 1916)

Home State: Virginia

Education: Virginia Military Institute (VMI), Class of 1857

Command Billet: Staff

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: Army of Northern Virginia

Before Sharpsburg

He was a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, and became a merchant and banker.

He joined the Confederate army on the secession of Virginia, and was on the staff of General Robert E. Lee during the entire period of the civil war, and from the time that General Lee assumed command of the Army of Northern Virginia, served as adjutant-general of that army.

After the War

After the war he resumed the banking business at Norfolk, Virginia, where he has held municipal offices, and was elected to the state senate, of which he was a member from 1869 till 1873. He was the author of "Four Years with General Lee " (New York, 1878).

References & notes

Appleton's Cyclopedia of American Biography, edited by James Grant Wilson and John Fiske. Six volumes, New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1887-1889

Picture above is part of a larger Brady photograph taken soon after Appomattox in Richmond (1865) - a portrait of Robert E. Lee, seated, flanked by Taylor and Lee's son Washington Custis.


6/13/1838; Norfolk, VA


3/1/1916; burial in Elmwood Cemetery, Norfolk, VA