William P. Taylor

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Description Albumen print on Carte de Visite Mount, MARKS: Front: "W. H. H. Robinson, Oshkosh, WIS." depicting William P. Taylor.
Year Range from 1872
Event Oshkosh Fire of July 14, 1874
Year range to 1874
Medium Cardstock/Photographic Paper/Ink
Notes Bust view image of William P. Taylor. He wears a dark suit and has a moustache and goatee. William was born in 1831 at Fredrickton, New Brunswick, Canada. He resided at Oshkosh, Winnebago County when he enlisted at Madison, Dane County on May 18, 1861 in Company E, 2nd Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry. An unmarried joiner, William stood just over 5'6" tall with gray eyes, brown hair and a florid complexion. He was assigned as a fifer in the above company and was taken prisoner in the first battle at Bull Run, Virginia. He then served as an assistant with the Wisconsin Delegation to help soldiers in the field. William was mustered out on June 28, 1864 at the end of his term of enlistment. During the great Oshkosh fire on July 14, 1874, while helping a widow remove a heavy chest from a second floor apartment before the flames reached there, he suddenly dropped the chest and sat down in great pain. He was eventually taken back to his room at the Adams House by a doctor, where he died that same evening. Although single, William left a great legacy in this area. He was generous to a fault and helped anyone who truly needed it whenever he could. As a large testament to his friendship, mourners numbering in the thousands attended the solemn procession. The citizens of Oshkosh provided a monument for his grave in Oshkosh at Riverside Cemetery, Block 11. His grave was decorated by the local GAR post in May 1882.
Object ID P2002.3.17
Object Name carte de visite
People Taylor, William P.
Place Oshkosh, WI
Print size 4 " x 2 1/2"
Related Publications Many of his letters from the Civil War are in the archives.
Subjects Portrait photographs
2nd Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
Iron Brigade
Grand Army of the Republic
Civil War
Title William P. Taylor
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