b. 1833 Madison County, Alabama. d. 23/02/1890 Washington, Indiana.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 19/10/1864 Cedar Creek, Virginia.
Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served as a Private in the Union Army in Company E, 18th Indiana Infantry. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on October 19, 1864 at Cedar Creek, Virginia. Original interment was in the town cemetery which was abandoned in 1895. Their was a reinterment in St. John's Cemetery for those who could afford the fee. Taylor's remains and others who were not reinterred, stayed and the area was eventually paved over. In recent years a patriotic organization placed a Medal of Honor Flat Bronze marker affixed to a monument in Pioneer Park honoring Taylor and other county pioneers.
The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Private Richard Taylor, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 19 October 1864, while serving with Company E, 18th Indiana Infantry, in action at Cedar Creek, Virginia, for capture of flag.
BURIAL LOCATION: PIONEER PARK, WASHINGTON, INDIANA.
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