Rank and organization: Armorer, U.S. Navy. Born: 1830, Watertown, N.Y.
Accredited to: New York. G.O. No.: 45, 31 December 1864.
Citation: On board
the U.S.S. Lackawanna during successful attacks against Fort Morgan, rebel
gunboats and the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, on 5 August 1864. When an
enemy shell exploded in the shellroom, Taylor although wounded went into
the room and, with his hand, extinguished the fire from the explosion.
He then carried out his duties during the remainder of the prolonged action
which resulted in the capture of the prize rebel ram Tennessee and in the
damaging and destruction of Fort Morgan.
This data was extracted from the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. Senate, Medal of Honor Recipients: 1863-1973 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1973)