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Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Taylor, George W.
George W. Taylor Civil War Diary
0.04 Linear feet
This collection contains Taylor's diary of his service in the Civil War, including his time near Helena, Arkansas.
The diary is contained in one box.
Scope and Contents
Taylor began his diary on January 1, 1862, and records his observations nearly every day for the rest of the year. Taylor's entries range from his thoughts about the monotony of camp life to encounters with guerillas. During the spring of 1862, the 16th Ohio joined General Samuel Curtis's invasion of Arkansas. Taylor records the entire journey, from the army's entry into northeast Arkansas to its arrival in Helena in July. The remainder of the diary relates to Taylor's time in and around Helena.
George W. Taylor, a resident of Hardin County, Ohio enlisted in the 16th Ohio Independent Battery on August 20, 1861. Taylor was sworn into United States service the following month at Cincinnati. He was the son of Joseph and Susan Taylor. His father was a wagon maker in Ridgeway. The younger Taylor was an eighteen year old farm laborer at the time of his enlistment. The 16th Ohio Battery was organized at Springfield, Ohio and saw service in Missouri and Arkansas before moving to Mississippi. Taylor was discharged in early 1863 on account of sickness and returned home shortly thereafter. In June 1863, he re-enlisted. Taylor spent the remainder of the war in the 1st Ohio Heavy Artillery.
This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Arkansas -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives.
Arkansas -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
Ohio -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives.
Taylor, George W.
Restrictions on Access
Restrictions on Use
Non-circulating, in-house use only.
George W. Taylor Civil War Diary, MSS 06-01, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute