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W. C. Talley

W. C. Talley

Federal (USV)


William Cooper Talley

(1831 - 1903)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Command Billet: Commanding Regiment

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 1st Pennsylvania Reserves


see his Battle Report

Before Antietam

Before the war he was a newspaper editor at the Upland Union (Delaware County), and the Norristown National Democrat. He was mustered into service as Captain, Company F, 1st Pennsylvania Reserves on 30 May 1861.

On the Campaign

He was in command of the Regiment on the 17th after Colonel Roberts took over command of the Brigade.

The rest of the War

Promoted to Colonel and commander of the 1st Reserves 1 March 1863 after resignation of Colonel Roberts. He was in command and wounded in action at Fredericksburg and Gettysburg. He was captured at Spottsylvania Court House 8 May 1864 , but rescued from Richmond by Sheridan's cavalry raid of 8-11 May 1864. He mustered out with the Regiment 13 June 1864.

After the War

He was cited by brevet to Brigadier General, US Volunteers, 13 March 1865 for "gallant conduct at the battle of the Wilderness". After the war he was appointed Collector of Internal Revenue for the Seventh Pennsylvania District, and was member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives 1874-1875; a Democrat from Delaware County.1

References & notes

Biographical details from Bates 2 and service dates from Heitman.3 Photograph from Uriguen 4 - original source unknown. His gravesite is on Findagrave.


12/11/1831; Talleyville, New Castle County, DE


10/20/1903; Washington, DC; burial in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA


1   Cox, Dr. Harold E. (director), and the Wilkes University Election Statistics Project, Pennsylvania Election Statistics: 1682-2004, Published c. 1996, first accessed 28 June 2005, <>, Source page: /legis/98H.pdf and /~hcox/legis/99H.pdf  [AotW citation 105]

2   Bates, Samuel Penniman, Martial Deeds Of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia: T. H. Davis & Co., 1876, pp. 926-927  [AotW citation 106]

3   Heitman, Francis Bernard, Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army 1789-1903, 2 volumes, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1903, p. 944  [AotW citation 107]

4   Uriguen, Mikel, Photo Gallery (Generals and Brevet Generals), Generals of the Civil War, Published c. 1998, first accessed 01 January 1998, <>, Source page: /bt/bt1.htm  [AotW citation 108]