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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1825

Vol. I

(Born Va.)

Francis Taylor

(Ap'd Va.)


Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, Sep. 1, 1821, to July 1, 1825, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 4th Artillery, July 1, 1825.

Second Lieut., 1st Artillery, July 1, 1825.

Served: in garrison at Ft. Monroe, Va. (Artillery School for Practice), 1826‑28, — Ft. Severn, Md., 1828, — Bellona Arsenal, Va., 1828, — Ft. Severn, Md., 1828, — Ft. Monroe, Va. (Artillery School for Practice), 1828‑32, — and Charleston harbor, S. C., 1832‑33, during South Carolina's threatened nullification; in Creek Nation, 1833‑34; in garrison at

(First Lieut., 1st Artillery, Jan. 31, 1833)

Ft. Severn, Md., 1834‑36; in the Florida War against the Seminole Indians, 1836‑37, being engaged in the Battle of Wahoo Swamp, Nov. 21, 1836; on Commissary and Quartermaster duty, 1837‑38; in garrison at

(Captain, 1st Artillery, July 7, 1838)

 p345  Plattsburg, N. Y., 1838‑39, — during Canada Border Disturbances; at Camp of Instruction near Trenton, N. J., 1839; in garrison at Plattsburg, N. Y., 1839‑40, 1840‑42, — and Ft. Adams, R. I., 1842‑44; in superintending publication of Artillery Tactics at Washington, D. C., 1844‑45; in garrison at Ft. Adams, R. I., 1845, — and Pensacola harbor, Fla., 1845‑46; in the War with Mexico, 1846‑48, being engaged in the Siege of Vera Cruz, Mar. 9‑29, 1847, — Battle of Cerro Gordo, Apr. 17‑18, 1847, — Skirmish of La Hoya, June 20, 1847, — Skirmish of Ocalaca,

(Bvt. Major, Apr. 18, 1847,
for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct in the Battle of Cerro Gordo, Mex.)

Aug. 16, 1847, — Battle of Contreras, Aug. 19‑20, 1847, — Battle of Churubusco, Aug. 20, 1847, — and Assault and Capture of the City

(Bvt. Lieut.‑Col., Aug. 20, 1847,
for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct in the Battle of Churubusco, Mex.)

of Mexico, Sep. 13‑14, 1847; in garrison at New York harbor, 1848‑50; as Member of a Board of Officers, 1849‑51, to devise "A Complete System of Instruction for Siege, Garrison, Sea coast, and Mountain Artillery," which was adopted May 10, 1851, for the service of the United States; in garrison at Ft. McHenry, Md., 1850‑55; — Ft. Monroe, Va.,

(Major, 1st Artillery, Mar. 3, 1855)

1855‑56, — and Ft. McHenry, Md., 1856; and on frontier duty at Ft. Brown, Tex., 1856‑58.

Died, Oct. 12, 1858, at Fort Brown, Tex.: Aged 53.

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