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Richard Taylor
Confederate States of America
Lieutenant General

Served 1861- 1865
Military Rank
Brigadier General (C. S. A.)
Octuber 1861
Military Rank
Major General (C. S. A.)
July 1862
Military Rank
Lieutenant General (C. S. A.)
January 27, 1826
near Louisville
, KY
April 12, 1879
New York City
Cause Long Term Effects of rheumatoid arthritis
Age 53
Party Whig, American, Democratic
Education Yale University
Profession Politician / Planter
Father Zachary Taylor
Brother-in-law Jefferson Finis Davis
Brother-in-law William Wallace Bliss
Brother-in-law Duncan Farrar Kenner
Sister Sarah Knox Taylor Davis
Spouse Myrthe Bringier
Children 5
Plantation Fashion
Religion Episcopal
Burial Metairie Cemetery

Richard Taylor, Lieutenant General C.S.A., is buried in Metairie Cemetery in New Orleans.   He was born January 27, 1826 and died April 12, 1879.

His father is President Zachary Taylor, one brother-in-law is Confederate States President Jefferson Davis, whose wife, Sarah Knox Taylor Davis is buried in Loctus Grove Cemetery.  Another brother-in-law is U. S. Army Colonel William Wallace Bliss who died in 1853 and was buried in Girod Street Cemetery in New Orleans, later removed to Fort Bliss, Texas.  His uncle, Union Gen. Joseph Pannell Taylor, is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery in Washington, D. C.

His brother-in-law, Confederate General Allen Thomas, is buried in Ascension Catholic Cemetery in Donaldsonville.  Another brother-in-law, Duncan Kenner, is buried in the same family tomb as Gen. Allen Thomas.

He graduated from Yale in 1845 and then assisted his father, General Zachary Taylor, in the Mexican War as his military secretary.  Richard suffered from rheumatoid arthritis causing his father to send him to manage his cotton plantation in Mississippi as the Mexican War continued.

He married Louise Marie Myrthe Bringier of Louisiana on February 10, 1851.  She was the daughter of wealthy Aglae Bringier.  They had two sons, Richard and Zachary, who both died of scarlet fever during the civil war.  They also had three daughters, Louise, Elizabeth and Myrthe.

By 1850, Richard Taylor owned Fashion Plantation in St. Charles Parish, near present day Hahnville, La.  A labor force of 200 slaves raised and harvested sugar cane and made syrup and molasses on the plantation.  An 1856 freeze ruined the crop and caused a large financial loss.  His father-in-law helped him financially.

He was elected to the Louisiana Senate in 1855 and served until 1861.  He was selected to attend the Democratic Party convention in Charleston, South Carolina which was a hotbed of secession discussions.  He was opposed and made efforts to reconcile the two sides.  However, representing St. Charles Parish, he soon voted for secession in the Ordinance of Secession of Louisiana adopted January 26, 1861.

A family friend, Confederate General Braxton Bragg, asked Richard Taylor, a civilian, to train and organize the confederate forces that were gathering in Pensacola, Florida. 

And thus it began.

Son of
Born Jan. 27, 1826 - Died April 12, 1879

His Wife
Born Jan. 28, 1834 - Died March 16, 1875

Born Nov. 8, 1883 - Died Oct. 4, 1885

Born Jan. 6, 1852 - Died Sept. 2, 1901

Born March 26, 1854 - Died July 30, 1932

Born July 8, 1854 - Died Oct. 23, 1936

Born Oct. 20, 1884 - Died Sept. 7, 1957

(Louise Margaret Taylor, Betty Taylor Stauffer and Alice Stauffer Hardie
are daughters of Richard Taylor.
Betty Marie Stauffer is a daughter of  Walter R. and Betty Taylor Stauffer.)


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