Joseph Walker Taylor

Joseph Walker Taylor

Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA
Death 14 Oct 1889 (aged 63)
Burial Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA
Plot Zachary Taylor family plot
Memorial ID 3307036 · View Source
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Joseph was always known as Walker Taylor, though full name was Joseph Walker Taylor.

He would marry twice, first to Lucy Moore Throckmorton Bate and they would have 5 children. Only 2 sons and a daughter survived past infancy. After the death of Lucy, he would marry her sister, Ellen Moore Bates and they would in turn have 4 daughters of which none would marry.

His uncle was Zachery Taylor and he would serve under him in the Mexican War, volunteering in May of 1846. He would see action in the battles of Monterey and Buena Vista.

When the Civil War began he enlisted in 1861 in the 10th Kentucky Partisan Rangers, remaining with it when it became the 10th Kentucky Cavalry. The first year of the war he was on the staff of general Simon Bolivar Buckner.

He was at Fort Donalson, where he was sounded through the neck and cheek. Unlike many, who did not escape but were forced to surrender with Buckner, Walker Taylor did. He got well enough that he disguised himself in civilian clothes and rode the train right into Louisville, though under occupation, where he was able to spend a few days with the family.

He would find his niche in the secret service for the Confederate States of America. It was him that came up with the idea of abduction President Abraham Lincoln, taking him south and holding him hostage. He even was able to get into Washington, where in fact he did meet and keep close eye on Lincoln's daily movements. Back to Richmond where he conferred with Jefferson Davis about what he thought could be done. However, Davis vetoed the idea.

He would return to Buckner after Bucker was released from prison camp, as he left the secret service in 1864.

Having witnessed how the Mexicans did guerrilla warfare he was a player in such in western Kentucky for the remainder of the war.

Though he carried the musket ball the rest of his life, after the war he returned to the family plantation sne spent the rest of his life farming.



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  • Added: 3 Mar 2000
  • Find a Grave Memorial 3307036
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