by Bill Brause
San Leandro, Calif.
Milo Taylor was born on March 10, 1846, near Port Williams, Liberty Township, Clinton County Ohio. He was the ninth of ten children of James Steel Taylor and Leviecy "Unthank" Taylor. On October 10, 1850, Leviecy "Unthank" Taylor, mother of Milo Taylor died. Milo was four years of age at the time of his mother's death. Following the death of his wife, James Steel Taylor then in his sixty-sixth year, decided to find other families to raise his younger children. Milo Taylor was taken in by Micajah Hunnicutt and Sarah Hunnicutt, their farm was also located in Liberty Township, and bordered the land of James Steel Taylor. According to the Federal Census of 1860, Milo was living with the Hunnicutt family, and that he was shown as 13 years of age and attending school.
At the outbreak of the Civil War (1861) Milo would have been 15 years of age. On October 20, 1861, Milo Taylor enlisted with Company D of the 48th Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry by Captain Cyrus Elwood for 3 years of service. Milo Taylor enlisted in the Village of Sabina, Richland Township, Clinton County Ohio.1 According to the Company Descriptive Book: Milo was 18 years of age, he was a farmer, he was 5' 71/2" tall, of fair complexion, blue eyes, and light hair. (His actual age was 15 years and 7 months)
According to the Company Muster Roll, Private Milo Taylor was present for the months of October, November, and December of 1861. He was present in January, February, March, and April of 1862. This would indicate that Private Milo Taylor was present for the occupation of Pittsburgh Landing Tennessee, the Battle of Shiloh Tennessee, and the Advance on and siege of Corinth Mississippi.
On May 8, 1862, Milo was shown as being sent to the General Hospital, Fort Pickering, Memphis Tennessee, where it is believed he remained for the months of May and June of 1862. The Company Muster Roll for the months of July and August show Private Milo Taylor as present. It is believed that on or about June 29, 1862, he along with Colonel Peter J. Sullivan, other officers and men of the 48th Regiment returned to Ohio on sick leave. According to the Company Special Muster Roll of August 18, 1862, Private Milo Taylor is shown as "Absent." Under Remarks it is stated: "Private Milo Taylor was sent to the General Hospital on May 8, 1862." It was further stated : "At Home". It is known that on August 1, 1862, the men home on sick leave, returned to the 48th OVI at Fort Pickering Tennessee.
On October 1, 1862, Private Milo Taylor, youngest son of James Steel Taylor and Leviecy "Unthank" Taylor died at Fort Pickering (General Hospital Memphis) Tennessee of disease. He was just 16 years of age at the time of his death. Private Milo Taylor was buried at the Mississippi River Cemetery, Memphis, Tennessee.
According to the Inventory of Effects of a Deceased Soldier, Private Milo Taylor had no effects to be returned to his family. His grave along with some 3000 other Union and Confederate Soldiers where marked by wood grave markers. In 1868, by an act of Congress, the Mississippi River Cemetery was renamed the National Cemetery of Memphis. In 1868-1869, the wood grave markers where removed a stone markers was set in there place. Each stone was marked in "CHALK" showing name, rank, unit and date of death of each soldier. Before the stone cutters could complete there work, it rained, washing away the "CHALK" notations. All of these grave markers are now found bearing only the inscription "UNKNOWN SOLDIER."
Private Milo Taylor is among this group of "UNKNOWN SOLDIERS."
Information from the Taylor Family Bible and the Military Records of Private Milo Taylor have been sent to the Department of Veterans Affairs (August 2001) so that a stone marker bearing his name, rank, unit at date of death can be placed honoring his service and sacrifice for our country.
1 Private James Hunnicutt, also of Company D of the 48th OVI, was the son of the brother of Micajah Hunnicutt, Milo Taylor's adoptive father.