Friday, June 07, 2013

Frederick Taylor, 12th., Michigan Infantry.

This is not to put any shame on any family.  This is to show what a soldier goes through at the time of battle.

Frederick Taylor, 12th., Michigan, infantry, Company C., Private, Residence Nies, Age 19.

Special Order No. 84.  HDQRS. Department of Arkansas.
Little Rock, Ark., April 6, 1865.

1. The major-general commanding commends the gallant act of Capt. E. C. Custard, One hundred and twelfth U. S. Colored Infantry, and nineteen soldiers (colored) under his command, for their bravery on the 2d instant, in defending the train of cars, thrown from the track in consequence of removal of rails, against a company of rebel bushwhackers nearly double their number, under a leader signing himself M. F. Maybery to demand for surrender, after being repulsed. Occasion is taken to remind officers in charge of guards on trains or boats that they will refuse, as in this case, any demand for surrender. Government property will be defended to the last extremity. Fred. Taylor, private, Twelfth Michigan Infantry, dispatch bearer, who is noticed in the official report of the action as having "ran off and secreted himself in the grass on the prairie, throwing away his saber, and after the affair was over returning to the train and recovering his saber and dispatches," is entitled to all the notoriety he is likely to incur at the hands of his fellow-soldiers for this disgraceful conduct.

By command of Mai. Gen. J. J. Reynolds :

Assistant Adjutant- General.

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