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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1837

Vol. I

(Born Ga.)

George Taylor

(Ap'd Ga.)


Born Aug. 4, 1816.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1833, to July 1, 1837, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 3d Artillery, July 1, 1837.

Served: in garrison at Ft. Monroe, Va., 1837; in the Florida War, 1837‑38; in the Cherokee Nation, 1838, while transferring the Indians to

(First Lieut., 3d Artillery, July 7, 1838)

the West; in the Florida War, 1838‑42; at the Military Academy, as

(Bvt. Capt., Mar. 1, 1842,
for Gallantry and Meritorious Services in the War against the Florida Indians)

Asst. Professor of Mathematics, Apr. 4, 1842, to Aug. 31, 1843; in garrison at Ft. Johnston, N. C., 1843‑45; in Military Occupation of Texas, 1845‑46; in the War with Mexico, 1846, 1846‑47, being engaged in the Battle of Palo Alto, May 8, 1846, — Battle of Resaca-de‑la‑Palma, May 9, 1846, — Battle of Monterey, Sep. 21‑23, 1846, Siege of Vera Cruz,

(Captain, 3d Artillery, Feb. 16, 1847)

Mar. 9‑29, 1847, — Battle of Cerro Gordo, Apr. 17‑18, 1847, — Combat of Huamantla, Oct. 9, 1847, — and Action of Atlixco, Oct. 12,

 p680  (Bvt. Major, Oct. 9, 1847,
for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct in the Battle of Huamantla, Mex.)

1847; on Recruiting service, 1848; in garrison at Ft. Trumbull, Ct., 1848‑49, 1850‑52, 1853; and was lost on voyage to California, 1853, in the steamer San Francisco, from which he was washed overboard during a violent storm, by a heavy sea, which swept off his wife, four officers, and 180 soldiers of the 3d Regiment of Artillery, and several others, all of whom, save two, perished with him.​a

Drowned, Dec. 24, 1853, off the Capes of the Delaware: Aged 37.

Buried, Old Smithville Cemetery, Southport, NC.

Thayer's Note:

a Coverage of the wreck filled the newspapers for weeks; the death of Maj. Taylor and his wife, and the circumstances that led up to it, are recorded by a survivor in The New York Times, Jan. 16, 1854, among much other detail.

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