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A.G. Taliaferro

A.G. Taliaferro

Confederate (CSA)


Alexander Galt Taliaferro

(1808 - 1884)

Home State: Virginia

Education: William and Mary College

Command Billet: Commanding Regiment

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 23rd Virginia Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

Before the War (1860 or earlier), he was Major of the 2nd Virginia Cavalry Militia. He was elected Lt Colonel and mustering officer of the 23rd Virginia Infantry as it was forming in May 1861. The unit's first commanding officer was Colonel William B. Taliaferro (1822-98). Col William B was wounded in action at Groveton (Va) in March 1862 , relieved by Lt Colonel Alexander G. in command of the Regiment, and was promoted to Brigadier General and then led the Brigade. Later Colonel Alexander was himself wounded at Second Manassas (28-30 Aug 1862) and relieved by Major Walton.

On the Campaign

He is often listed in Orders of Battle in command of the Regiment at Sharpsburg, but was probably not present on the Maryland Campaign.

The rest of the War

He commanded the post at Charlottesville, VA into 1865.

After the War

He was a lawyer in Culpeper, VA. He wrote his "Reminiscences" in about 1878 about his War service and whether or not he was appointed Brigadier General, CSA.2 He is not listed as such in Warner3 or the OR.

References & notes

Service and other details from Rankin.1 His gravesite is on Findagrave. His picture from a photograph in the American Civil War Museum, Richmond.

More on the Web

Family geneologist Velma L. Parmerton notes online that his full name was John James Alexander Galt Taliaferro and his wife Agnes Harwood Marshall was grandaughter of Chief Justice John Marshall.

Thanks to David Spearman, for doing the research and Robert C. Moss, webmaster, both of the modern 23rd Virginia Infantry, for their work in making the history of the Taliaferros and the Regiment available on their excellent website.


9/1808; Churchill (Gloucester Co.), VA


6/29/1884; Culpeper County, VA; burial in Fairview Cemetery, Culpeper, VA


1   Rankin, Thomas M., 23rd Virginia Infantry, Lynchburg: H.E. Howard, Inc., 1985, rosters  [AotW citation 22]

2   Taliaferro, Alexander Galt, Reminiscences, Southern Historical Collection, Chapel Hill: Manuscripts Department, Library of the University of North Carolina, 1878, pp. 1-11  [AotW citation 23]

3   Warner, Ezra J., Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders, Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press, 1959, ---  [AotW citation 24]