At the very end of his life, in combat on the open ground south of the Miller Cornfield at Sharpsburg, John S. Taylor was entirely fearless ...


J.S. Taylor  c. 1845

He was born in Norfolk, Virginia in 1820 to a family with a tradition of military service. His grandfather John Saunders had been a US Army Major General, and his great-grandfather Celey Saunders commanded the Virginia State Navy ship Thetis (1778) in the Revolution.

He began his own career in December 1836, then 16 years old, when he joined the US Navy.

Your AotW webmaster talked with Dr. Gerry Prokopowicz in an episode of his podcast Civil War Talk Radio, streamed live on 4 April 2018.  This is the show’s 14th year, now with 425 episodes broadcast, and I’m honored to be included among the luminaries of Civil War writing who have been his guests.

Each week since October 2004, host Gerald Prokopowicz and a guest have discussed various aspects of Civil War History. Each show consists of an hour long conversation with guests including very well known historians James McPherson, Doris Kearns Goodwin and Gary Gallagher, to mention a few. Gerry also speaks with artists such as Don Troiani, filmmakers like Ken Burns, re-enactors like Rob Hodge, and novelists such as Jeff Shaara; as well as curators, game designers, children’s authors, collectors, and others. In addition to well known names like the ones mentioned, the show often features first-time authors who are just starting to make their reputations.

And now, one web page guy.

The podcast audio is available from Gerry on his Impediments of War site, companion to the podcasts.  Or wherever you usually get your podcasts.  It’s Episode #1426.

Thanks to John Banks for conducting and publishing a fine Q&A/interview with your AotW webmaster over on his Civil War Blog.  John’s a noted journalist, author, photographer, and of course blogger. He focuses on Connecticut soldiers in the War, especially those at Antietam.

I’ll let you decide, but I think he overstated my wizarding skills.