Susan,I do not believe your John Taylor Beard is the John in my Beard family.I found where all of my Beards inlisted in the CSA and I think this John's middle initial was an A. I also found where John A. Beard married in Marshall County, MS in 1858. Marshall County and Union,MS are in the same area. Have you looked at familysearch.com?There was information concerning the marriage of John Taylor Beard & Caroline. I am not sure if these Beards are related.If I can be of futher help, let me know.