Thomas Hart Taylor

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Thomas Hart Taylor was born July 31, 1825 at Frankfort, Kentucky, and was educated at Kenyon College, Ohio, and Centre College in his native state. Serving in the Mexican War in the 3rd Kentucky Infantry, of which he became 1st lieutenant, he had a varied business career thereafter, which included driving two herds of cattle to California. Hastening to enlist in 1861, Taylor was appointed captain of infantry, C.S.A., and lieutenant colonel, 1st Kentucky Infantry, in the Provisional Army; he was nominated colonel to rank from October 14, 1861. After some service in the Peninsular campaign, the 1st Kentucky, one of the twelve-months regiments, was mustered out in the summer of 1862. Taylor reported to Kirby Smith in East Tennessee and commanded a brigade in Stevenson's division at Cumberland Gap and in Kentucky. While serving as provost marshal on General Pemberton's staff at Vicksburg, he was captured and paroled, and after his exchange, commanded the District of South Mississippi and East Louisiana. Later he was provost marshal on General S. D. Lee's staff. Toward the end of the war he was post commander at Mobile. Taylor had been appointed, November 4, 1862, as a brigadier general; however, the records exhibit that President Davis failed then to nominate him to the Senate at that grade. After the war General Taylor engaged in business at Mobile until 1870, when he returned to Kentucky. For five years he was a deputy U. S. marshal, and also served a total of eleven years as chief of police of Louisville. He died there on April 12, 1901, and is buried in the State Cemetery at Frankfort.

Ref: Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders by Ezra J. Warner.  Printed by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London.

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