There was no giving-up in this man.

He lost his left arm after being shot at Sharpsburg, so Lieutenant Joseph Lane Taylor of the University Greys – Co. A, 11th Mississippi – resigned and went home. Once there, though he …

… engaged in running the blockade to supply the great needs of his neighborhood, was arrested in Memphis as a spy, imprisoned in the old Irving Block Prison on Second Street and finally released [in January 1865] on $10,000.00 bond to report daily to the Federal provost marshal.

He took the oath of allegiance in Memphis on 12 April 1865 and died relatively young at age 38 in 1877.


Thanks to Starke Miller (Miller Civil War Tours, Oxford, MS) for the copy of this photograph, from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.

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