b. 1836 Washington DC. d. 06/04/1902 Baltimore, Maryland.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 23/05/1862 Fort Royal, Virginia.
19/08/1864 Weldon Railroad, Virginia.
Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He was awarded the CMOH for his heroism on two different occasions. On May 23, 1862, while a Sergeant in the 1st Maryland Volunteer Infantry, he burned a bridge at Fort Royal, Virginia, despite being severely wounded and under constant fire. Confederate forces were prevented from using it. Later in the war, on August 19, 1864 at Weldon Railroad, Virginia, while a 1st Lieutenant, he voluntarily took the place of a disabled fellow officer on a dangerous reconnaissance mission behind enemy lines.
The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Sergeant & Second Lieutenant William Taylor, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism while serving with Company H, 1st Maryland Infantry as a sergeant, at Front Royal, Virginia, 23 May 1862. William Taylor was painfully wounded while obeying an order to burn a bridge, but, persevering in the attempt, he burned the bridge and prevented its use by the enemy. Later, on 19 August 1864, at Weldon Railroad, Virginia, then a lieutenant serving with Company M, he voluntarily took the place of a disabled officer and undertook a hazardous reconnaissance beyond the lines of the army; was taken prisoner in the attempt.
BURIAL LOCATION: LOUDON PARK NATIONAL CEMETERY, BALTIMORE, MARYLAND.
Officers Section, Lot 16
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