From April 1862 through the end of the Civil War in 1865, Grant Taylor served in the 40th AL Infantry. His wife Malinda Slaughter Taylor remained at home with their 4 children and ran the family farm. During the War, they corresponded frequently, leaving 162 letters by the end of the War. These letters have been edited and published as This Cruel War.
This is a helpful collection for Pickens County because both Grant and Malinda mentioned their friends, neighbors, and relatives in the letters. Several hundred people are named in the Taylor letters. How special and unique to find that your ancestor was named in contemporary records!
Besides the value in naming lots of people, this collection is special because of the exchange between husband and wife. Most Civil War letters are just the man's from the war front, or the woman's from the home front. Grant and Malinda were a loving and devoted couple and their experiences mirror what ordinary people were experiencing during "This Cruel War."
I am one of the editors of this collection and will be happy to check the book for your family. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 865-397-3738.
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