|Death: ||Oct. 30, 1866|
S. Taylor served in the Civil War as an infantry soldier, a Private, in the 125th Regiment, Company D, of the United States Colored Troops. It was a volunteer company formed in 1864/1865 in Kentucky, and was first posted to duty in Louisville, Kentucky. Soldiers were mustered in to serve for three years. Their first duty assignment as a company was in garrison and guard duty in Louisville.
After the close of the Civil War, the 125th Regiment was sent to Ft. Cummings, in New Mexico, to aid in the protection of the Butterfield - Overland stage route and the southern overland road to California where it passed through Cooke's Pass, and to help with safe passage for wagon trains and pony express riders through hostile Apache territory. The raids on the fort and soldiers were numerous, the fighting furious, the supplies limited, the food scarce, and the entertainment nil.
Yet, the soldiers of Company D comported themselves with dignity, courage, and perseverance at Ft. Cummings. On October 30, 1866, Private Taylor was killed by an Apache. He was interred at Fort Cummings.
The 125th USCT Regiment mustered out on December 20, 1867. It was the last USCT unit released from the Army. The Fort had brief periods of activity, but essentially was abandoned after that.
Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery
Plot: Section E, site 2357
Imported from: US Veteran's Affairs
Record added: Mar 04, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 3665619
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