Colonel Walter H. Taylor Papers
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Brief Description: Personal and business correspondence, notes, financial records, wills and deeds from his clients, booklets and pamphlets, newspaper clippings about the Civil War, and photographs. Also included in the collection are the personal papers of the Saunders family.
Held at:
Sargeant Memorial Collection
Slover Library
235 East Plume Street
Norfolk, VA 23510
Phone: 7574317429
Email: localhistory [at]
Record Series Number: 001/01/MSS 0000-233
Created by: Taylor, Walter Herron (1838-1916)
Volume: 9.0 Boxes
Acquired: 01/18/1964.
Arrangement: Arranged by series in chronological order.
Biographical Note for Taylor, Walter Herron (1838-1916) : Colonel Walter H. Taylor was born in Norfolk, Virginia in 1838. He enrolled at the Virginia Military Institute in 1853 and graduated in 1857. In 1859 he joined the Norfolk militia and by the beginning of the Civil War he was promoted to the headquarters of the Army of Virginia, becoming the adjunct or aide-de-camp to Confederate General Robert E. Lee for the duration of the war. In 1865 Taylor married his longtime love, Elizabeth "Bettie" Saunders. Upon returning to Norfolk after the war, he became involved in politics by representing Norfolk in the Virginia legislature from 1873-1876. In 1877, Walter H. Taylor became the president of Marine Bank, where he served for nearly 40 years. He was also on the board of the Virginia Military Institute and Norfolk and Western Railroad. He remained a great defender of the Civil War and General Lee. Taylor published two books, Four Years with General Lee in 1877 and General Lee, His Campaigns in Virginia, 1861-1865 in 1906. He died from cancer on March 1, 1916 in Norfolk, Virginia.
Access Restrictions: This collection is open to all researchers.
Genres/Forms of Material
Checks (bank checks)
Clippings (information artifacts)
Drivers' licenses
Financial records
Fliers (printed matter)
Insurance policies
Journals (periodicals)
Lists (document genres)
Maps (documents)
Minutes (administrative records)
Orderly books
Resolutions (administrative records)
Speeches (documents)
Stock certificates
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: The status of copyright for these materials is governed by Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U. S. C.). Copyright restrictions may apply.
Acquisition Notes: Janet Taylor by donation
PreferredCitation: Colonel Walter H. Taylor Papers, MSS 0000-233, Sargeant Memorial Collection, Norfolk Public Library, Norfolk, Virginia.