William Booth Taliaferro (1822-1898)

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William Booth Taliaferro attended the College of William and Mary [1] and studied law at Harvard. He fought in the Mexican War in the 9th United States Infantry. After the war, he served in the Virginia House of Delegates. On February 7, 1853, he married Sally Nivison Lyons, with whom he had eight children. During the U.S. Civil War, he served under Jackson in the Rich Mountain, Romney, and Valley campaigns. He commanded Jackson's division at Cedar Mountain, Second Manassas and Fredericksburg. He served at Fort Wagner, James Island and in Florida and Georgia. After the Civil War, he again served in the legislature; was a judge [2]; and served on the Board of Visitors of William and Mary in 1870, and Rector 1890-1899. He died February 28, 1898 and is buried Ware Episcopal Church Cemetery in Gloucester, Virginia. [3]

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  1. The College of William & Mary, A Provisional List of Alumni, Grammar School Students, Members of the Faculty, and Members of the Board of Visitors of the College of William and Mary in Virginia, from 1693 to 1888, Issued as an Appeal for Additional Information, (Richmond Division of Purchase and Printing, 1941), accessed October 19, 2016, https://digitalarchive.wm.edu/handle/10288/13856
  2. William Booth Taliaferro and Ludwell H. Johnson, "William Booth Taliaferro's Letters from Mexico, 1857-1848", The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 73 (Oct., 1965), 455-473, accessed October 19, 2016, http://www.jstor.org/stable/4247158
  3. William Booth Taliaferro, U. S. Find A Grave Index 1600s-Current, "William Booth Taliaferro" (1822-18), Memorial #11087, record added July 16, 2000, accessed January 28, 2019, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/11087/william-booth-taliaferro

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