b. 09/08/1829 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. d. 28/03/1910 Quincy, Illinois.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 24-25/12/1864 Fort Fisher, North Carolina.
Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Served in the Union Navy during the Civil War as a Captain of the Forecastle on board the "USS Ticonderoga". He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery in the failed first Union Army-Navy assault on Fort Fisher, North Carolina on December 24 and 25, 1864. His Medal was awarded to him on June 22, 1865. He was one of nine USS Ticonderoga crewmembers to be awarded the CMOH for their bravery during the Civil War (the others being Marine Sergeant Richard Binder, Quartermaster Edward R. Bowman, Boatswain’s Mate William Campbell, Marine Sergeant Isaac N. Fry, Coxswain Thomas Jones, Captain of the Main Top George Prance, Coxswain William Shipman, and Chief Quartermaster Robert Sommers).
As captain of a gun, Taylor performed his duties with coolness and skill as his ship took position in the line of battle and delivered its fire on the batteries on shore. Despite the depressing effect caused when an explosion of the 100-pounder Parrott rifle killed 8 men and wounded 12 more, and the enemy's heavy return fire, he calmly remained at his station during the 2 days' operations.
BURIAL LOCATION: SUNSET CEMETERY, QUINCY, ILLINOIS.
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