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Colonel Walter H. Taylor Papers


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Colonel Walter H. Taylor Papers | Sargeant Memorial Collection

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Collection Overview

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Predominant Dates:1810, 1837-1916

ID: 001/01/MSS 0000-233

Primary Creator: Taylor, Walter Herron (1838-1916)

Extent: 9.0 Boxes

Arrangement: Arranged by series in chronological order.

Date Acquired: 01/18/1964

Forms of Material: Agreements, Booklets, Checks (bank checks), Clippings (information artifacts), Contracts, Correspondence, Deeds, Diplomas, Drivers' licenses, Envelopes, Excerpts, Financial records, Fliers (printed matter), Insurance policies, Invitations, Invoices, Journals (periodicals), Lists (document genres), Maps (documents), Minutes (administrative records), Notes, Orderly books, Pamphlets, Photographs, Receipts, Resolutions (administrative records), Rosters, Speeches (documents), Stock certificates, Telegrams, Wills

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

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.

Biographical Note

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.

Administrative Information

Repository: Sargeant Memorial Collection

Access Restrictions: This collection is open to all researchers.

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 Source: Janet Taylor by donation

Preferred Citation: Colonel Walter H. Taylor Papers, MSS 0000-233, Sargeant Memorial Collection, Norfolk Public Library, Norfolk, Virginia.

Processing Information: Processed June to November 2015.

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Folder 1: Col. Walter H. Taylor - PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Correspondence, Mildred Lee Francis to Walter H. Taylor, 1906 October 24Add to your cart.
Item 2: Photographs, San Francisco earthquake and fire, 1905Add to your cart.
Item 3: Postcards, Our Indian Armies, 1914-1918Add to your cart.
Item 4: Postcards, Panama-Pacific International Exposition, San Francisco, CA, 1915Add to your cart.
Item 5: Clipping, New York Times, 1934 January 14Add to your cart.
Item 6: Photographs, Blue Ridge Summit House, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 7: Booklet, Virginia Military Institute: Views of the Ground and Activities, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 8: Excerpt, Col. Walter H. Taylor by Carrol H. Walker, 1960 May 30Add to your cart.
Item 9: Photograph, House of Parliament, London, England, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 10: Photograph, Albert Hall, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 11: Photograph, General Gordon Statue, Khartoum, Sudan, 1904 FebruaryAdd to your cart.
Item 12: Photographs, Col. Walter H. Taylor, 1866 MarchAdd to your cart.
Item 13: Photograph, Col. Walter H. Taylor, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 14: Photograph, Gen. Custis Lee, Gen. Robert E. Lee, and Col. Walter Taylor, 1865Add to your cart.
Item 15: Photograph, Col. Walter H. Taylor, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 16: Photograph, Dr. Jonathan Cowdery, 1852 January 1Add to your cart.
Item 17: Photograph, Col. Walter H. Taylor, 1866Add to your cart.
Item 18: Photographs, Col. Walter H. Taylor and family, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 19: Photograph, Bettie Saunders, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 20: Photograph, Bettie Saunders, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 21: Photograph, Family, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 22: Photograph, Taylor Family, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 23: Photograph, Taylor Family, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 24: Photograph, Taylor Family, 1890-1895Add to your cart.
Item 25: Photograph, Walter H. Taylor, Virginia Military Institute Cadet, 1853-1855Add to your cart.

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