{⋆★⋆} BG Taylor, Thomas Hart

Thomas Hart Taylor

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Born: July 31, 1825

Birth Place: Frankfort, Kentucky

Father: Edmund Taylor 1799 – 1873
(Buried: Frankfort Cemetery, Frankfort, Kentucky)​

Mother: Louisa Hart 1808 -

1st Wife: Sarah Elizabeth Blandford 1825 – 1858
(Buried: Frankfort Cemetery, Frankfort, Kentucky)​

2nd Wife: Sarah A. Moreland

3rd Wife: Eliza Adair Monroe 1852 – 1902
(Buried: Frankfort Cemetery, Frankfort, Kentucky)​


Adeline Crittenden Taylor Meriwether Unknown – 1884​
(Buried: Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville, Kentucky)​
Edmund Haynes Taylor 1845 – 1921​
(Buried: Frankfort Cemetery, Frankfort, Kentucky)​
Marie Louise Taylor Zimmerman 1880 – 1959​
(Buried: Frankfort Cemetery, Frankfort, Kentucky)​
John Adair Monroe Taylor 1881 – 1887​
(Buried: Frankfort Cemetery, Frankfort, Kentucky)​
Adair Monroe Taylor Aiken 1885 – 1974​
(Buried: Melrose Cemetery, Abbeville, South Carolina)​
Thomas Hart Taylor Jr.​


Attended Kenyon College in Ohio​
1843: Graduated from Centre College​

Occupation before War:

1846 – 1848: Served in the Mexican War, rising to 1st Lt.​
Cattle Driver, Farmer, and Lawyer in Kentucky​

Civil War Career:

1861: Captain in the Confederate Army Cavalry​
1861: Lt. Colonel of 1st Kentucky Infantry​
1861 – 1862: Colonel of 1st Kentucky Infantry​
1862 – 1865: Brigadier General of Confederate Army Infantry​
1862 – 1863: Provost Marshal & Inspector General, Army of Mississippi​
1863: Captured during the Battle of Vicksburg, Mississippi
1863: Exchanged in Montgomery, Alabama​
1864: Commander of District of Mississippi, and East Louisiana​
1864 – 1865: Provost Marshal for Department of Alabama & East Mississippi​
1865: Paroled in Jackson, Mississippi​

Occupation after War:

1865 – 1870: Businessman in Mobile, Alabama​
Deputy United States Marshal in Kentucky​
1881 – 1892: Chief of Police for Louisville, Kentucky
1886 – 1889: Superintendent of Louisville and Portland Canal​

Died: April 12, 1901

Place of Death: Louisville, Kentucky

Cause of Death: Typhoid Fever

Age at time of Death: 75 years old

Burial Place: Frankfort Cemetery, Frankfort, Kentucky
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Sep 15, 2018
South Texas
An interesting story about Taylor is how He was a special messanger for Jefferson Davis in July of 1861. The crew of the privateer Savannah were threataned to be hanged as pirates and Davis wrote to Lincoln that retaliation against Union Personnel would take place if the crew was indeed hanged. Davis wanted them treated as Prisoners of War instead. This was the gist of the dispatches. These dispatches to Lincoln from Davis were to be delivered to General Irvin McDowell at Arlington Headquarters , who was to forward them to Lincoln. Under a flag of truce it was taken to headquarters but McDowell was not present. Taylor was then taken to Gen. Winfield Scott in Washington. To make a long story short, the dispatches were forwarded to Lincoln but were never responded to even after a days wait. Taylor was then escorted back back to the Confederate lines. So what became of the crew of the Savannah?


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Apr 11, 2016
South Carolina
Happy weekend (July 31st) Birthday to Brig. General Thomas Hart Taylor! Salutes remembering General Taylor on his birthday weekend.
Sep 15, 2018
South Texas
Got some conflicting biographys. One states he was made Lt. Colonel of the 1st Kentucky Infantry on July 3, 1861. Another bio states the 1st Kentucky was even organized until August 7, 1861.Although called the "Kentucky" regiment it was composed by Ohio volunteers.
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