|William Henry Taft was a blacksmith in Caroline Center, and built and operated a small general store there. He enlisted as 2nd lieutenant in Company K of the 137th Regiment New York Volunteer Infantry, in the Union Army, and died of typhoid fever shortly after enlistment and mustering near Harper's Ferry. Prior to enlistment he was a blacksmith. He built and maintained a small store in Caroline Center, NY, and is buried in Caroline Center.
Telegram from Sandy Hook: to C. R. Baldwin, Ithaca, NY
Wm. H. Taft is dead. His wife has started with corpse. Will be at Caroline Depot Monday morning. R. Pierson. charges $2.36
Additional charges: casket - $37; grave - $5; monument - $12; doctor - $3
William H. Taft
Enlisted as a Lieutenant 2nd Class on 2 September 1862 in Binghamton, NY at the age of 37.
Commission in Company K, 137th Infantry Regiment New York on 25 September 1862.
Died on 31 October 1862 in Pleasant Valley, MD.
Source: New York: Report of the Adjutant-General. (NYRoster) Published in 1894-1906.
Listed as a blacksmith at the time of the 1860 census.
United States General Index to Pension Files
Name: William H. Taft
Event Type: Pension
Event Date: 1862
Beneficiary's Name: Phebe L. Taft
Affiliate Publication Number: T288
Affiliate Publication Title: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934
Affiliate Film Number: 462
GS Film Number: 000541218
Digital Folder Number: 005085827
Image Number: 03102
[RFSS Mar 2016]
Scene in Pleasant Valley, Maryland, United States of America in October 1862
Alex. Gardner, Photographer.
Entered according to act of Congress, in the year 1866, by A. Gardner, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Columbia. 511 Seventh Street, Washington.
Pleasant Valley was a rest location for the Union Army after the Battle of Antietam, and the scene depicts the temporary residence of General McClellan's wife, among Generals McClellan and Burnside's staff, and their wives.
|[ s4382 ]||Military Record - Died on 31 October 1862 in Pleasant Valley, Maryland, United States of America. - Source: New York: Report of the Adjutant-General. (NYRoster) Published in 1894-1906. - MIL1862-31-10-WHT|
|[ s4383 ]||Cemetery Marker - Headstone - Caroline Center Cemetery, Tompkins County, New York, United States of America - H1862-31-10-WHT|
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