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Community Walk: William Taylor’s Civil War Correspondence

Written on:June 11, 2011
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This is pretty cool. Community Walk is a site where you can put in the locations of the letters of a soldier and track their movements. In this instance William Taylor’s Civil War letters are available to read and you can see where he was relative to his travels, theater of operations, and nearby activities:

The letters included in this map date from September 1862 – October 1864 and were written by Sergeant William Taylor (b. 1828) of North Liberty, Pennsylvania. Taylor enlisted in the 100th Pennsylvania Regiment in 1862. The letters were written from camps in Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois, Tennessee, Mississippi, Indiana, and Maryland to his wife Jane McKnight Taylor. Included are his descriptions of the Battle of Fredericksburg, the shelling of Vicksburg, the fighting, retreat, and siege outside of Knoxville, the siege of Petersburg, and the Petersburg mine explosion and assault. Taylor was discharged from the service with a medical certificate November 13, 1864.

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  1. I agree, Taylor’s correspondence is not only pretty cool but informative and interesting too! He was well educated and this is brought out in his descriptive letters. He also does not hold back in sentiments regarding poor treatment and supply of the soldiers by the US government, especially in late 1863 while on the campaigns through Mississippi, Tennessee and Kentucky. Descriptions of battle and aftermath are also vivid and not for the faint of heart or stomach. For more information related to this regiment, please visit http://www.100thpenn.com.

    –David L. Welch
    Websmith, 100th Regiment, PVVI, “Roundheads” Website

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