TAYLOR, WILLIAM - Medal of Honor Recipient


Rank and organization:   Sergeant, Co. H, and 2d Lt. Co. M, 1st Maryland Inf.
Place and date:   At Front Royal, Va., 23 May 1862. At Weldon Railroad, Va., 19 August 1864.

Entered service at:   ?.

Birth:   Washington, D.C.

Date of issue:   2 August 1897.

Citation:   When a sergeant, at Front Royal, Va., he 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, at Weldon Railroad, Va., then a lieutenant, 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.

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)