William Booth Taliaferro
(1822-1894)

Brigadier General

Monument: Find-a-Grave

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Reference: Alabama Department of Archives & History. Custodian of the original pictures. Confederate Officers photo album.  http://www.archives.alabama.gov/conoffalb/index.html

William Booth Taliaferro was born at "Belleville," Gloucester County, Virginia, December 28, 1822. He was graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1841, and then studied law at Harvard. Commissioned as a captain of infantry in the United States Army on February 23, 1847, he was mustered out at the end of the Mexican War as major, 9th Infantry. He represented his county in the house of delegates from 1850 to 1853, was a Buchanan Elector in 1856, and commanded the Virginia militia at the time of John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry. Taliaferro was for a time on the Peninsula as major general of militia in the early days of the Civil War, and then, as colonel of the 23rd Virginia Infantry, was with General R. S. Garnett in Western Virginia. Serving under Stonewall Jackson the following winter, he was promoted brigadier general to rank from March 4, 1862. He took part in the Valley campaign and the subsequent movements of Jackson's command, until he was seriously wounded at Groveton. After the battle of Fredericksburg he was ordered to General Beauregard at Charleston, his subsequent military career being in South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. He was paroled at Greensboro on May 2, 1865 as a major general; however, there exists no record of his formal promotion, and as late as April 4, 1865 he officially signed himself "Brigadier-General, Commanding. Following the war General Taliaferro again served in the legislature (1874-79), was judge of the Gloucester County Court (1891-97), and was at various times a member of the board of visitors of V.M.I., William and Mary, and other institutions in the state. He died on his estate, "Dunham Massie," in Gloucester County, February 27, 1898, and is buried in Ware Church Cemetery.

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