Major, United States Army
Joseph Hancock Taylor, soldier, born in Kentucky, 26 January, 1836; died in Omaha, Nebraska, 13 March, 1885, was graduated at the United States Military Academy in 1856, and commissioned Second Lieutenant of Cavalry on 16 January, 1857.
He served in Kansas, in the Utah expedition, and in a campaign in 1860 against the Kiowa and Comanche Indians of Colorado. He was promoted First Lieutenant on 22 April, 1861, and Captain on 14 May, and was appointed acting Adjutant General of General Edwin V. Sumner's division on 27 November, 1861.
During the peninsula campaign, and subsequently in the Maryland campaign, he served as acting assistant Adjutant General of the Second corps, winning the brevet of Major at Fair Oaks, and that of Lieutenant Colonel at the Antietam. He was assistant Adjutant General at Fredericksburg, and assistant Inspector General of Cavalry in Stoneman's raid.
On 1 June, 1863, he was assigned to duty as assistant Adjutant General of the
Department at Washington. He was appointed a Major on the staff on 30 March, 1866, and on 13 August was breveted Colonel for faithful services during the war. He was on duty in different military departments till his death, which was due to disease that he had contracted in the line of duty.
Born in 1836 he served as Major, Assistant Adjutant General, United States Army. He was the son-in-law of Major General Montgomery Cunningham Meigs.
He died in 1885 and was buried in Section 1 of Arlington National Cemetery, with his wife, Mary Montgomery Meigs, and other family members.
Joseph Pannill Taylor, the brother of President Zachary Taylor (May 04, 1796-June 29, 1864) was the father of Joseph Hancock Taylor (January 26, 1836-March 13, 1885) who married March 30, 1864 Mary Montgomery Meigs (August 22, 1843-March 13, 1885), daughter of Montgomery Cunningham Meigs.
Joseph Hancock Taylor, of Kentucky
Appointed From Maryland, Cadet, United States Military Academy, 1 July 1852 (31)
Brevet Second Lieutenant, 1st United States Cavalry, 1 July 1856
Second Lieutenant, 16 January 1857
First Lieutenant, 22 April 1861
Captain, 3rd United States Cavalry, 14 May 1861
6th United States Cavalry, 3 August 1861
Lieutenant Colonel, Assistant Adjutant General, 20 August 1862 to 11 June 1866
Major, Assistant Adjutant General, 30 March 1866
Brevet Major, 1 June 1862 for gallant and meritorious services in the battle of Fair Oaks, Virginia
Brevet Lieutenant Colonel, 17 September 1862 for gallant and meritorious service in the battle of Antietam Maryland
Brevet Colonel, United States Volunteers, 3 March 1865 and Colonel, United States Army, 13 August 1866 for faithful and meritorious service during the Civil War
Died 13 Mar 1885.
During the 1880 United States Census, the Taylor family was residing at 2nd Ward, Newport, Campbell County, Kentucky. The family consisted of: Joseph H. Taylor, age 44, born in Kentucky, Assistant Adjutant General, United States Army; his wife, Mary Taylor, age 33 and born at Washington, D.C.; their son, John Taylor, age 15, born in Washington, D.C. and at school; their daughter, Evaline Taylor, age 13, born in Washington, D.C. and at school; their daughter, Louise Taylor, age 13, born in Washington, D.C, and at school; their son, Joseph Taylor, age 12, born in Washington, D.C, and at school; their son, Montgomery Taylor, age 10, born in Washington, D.C. and at school; their servant, Mary Pyllen, age 39 and born in Ireland; their wash woman, Francis Hall, age 39 and born in Alabama; and their servant, John John, age 19 and born in Alabama.
TAYLOR, JOS H
MAJOR AAG USA
DATE OF DEATH: 03/13/1885
BURIED AT: SITE 2
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
TAYLOR, MARY M W/O JOSEPH HANCOCK
DATE OF DEATH: 03/15/1885
BURIED AT: SECTION W SITE LOT -2
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
WIFE OF JH TAYLOR, COL ADJT DEPL DEPT
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