Alvin Taylor (about 1830 - February 21, 1909) served as a private in Company B, 13th Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry.
Alvin Taylor was born about 1830 in Johnson County, Tennessee to Stephen and Martha (Eastridge) Taylor. He married first Martha Hammonds (1832-1878) with whom he had nine children. He married second Martha Amburgey (b. 1857); they had no children.
Civil War service
Taylor enlisted as a private in Company B on September 23, 1863 in Carter County, Tennessee for a period of three years and mustered in October 28, 1863 at Strawberry Plains, Tennessee.
He is described as 21 years old, 5' 4 3/4" tall, fair complexion, blue eyes, brown hair, and by occupation a farmer.
Taylor is listed as present for duty until October 30, 1864 when he deserted at Bull's Gap, Tennessee. While absent without leave, he was captured on February 12, 1865 in Carter County. Taylor was paroled and is recorded as being present at Camp Chase, Ohio on March 23, 1865. He is then listed as a patient in Asylum General Hospital at Knoxville, Tennessee on March 29, 1865. He returned to the regiment in May 1865 and was restored to duty. Taylor was present for duty for the remainder of his term of service. The July/August muster roll states that his arms, horse, and equipment were destroyed and would have his pay stopped; no further mention of this action is found in his records.
Regarding his capture, post-war records state: "Captured in Carter Co., Tenn., Feb. 12, 13, 1865. Paroled at Aiken's Landing, Va., March 13, 1865. Reported at Camp Parole, Md. and was sent to Camp Chase, Ohio, March 15, 1865. Reported there March 21, 1865 and was furloughed March 22, 1865 for 30 days."
Taylor mustered out with the regiment on September 5, 1865 at Knoxville. He had last been paid to June 30, 1864, owed $5.43 to the government for clothing, and had been paid a $25 bounty.
Taylor applied for an invalid's pension on June 30, 1880. He died February 21, 1909 of "failure of the nerves" in Carter County and is buried at Markland Cemetery in Carter County. His wife applied for a widow's pension on April 3, 1909.
- The records of Alvin Taylor are confused with at least two other men named Alvin Taylor, one of whom served in the Confederate Army. Additional genealogical work is needed to clarify his birth date and children.
- Either he lied or he was actually born about 1842. See previous footnote.
- War Department, Adjutant General's Office, March 4, 1882.