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The majority of this collection is personal correspondence from E. H. C. Taylor to his family during his service in the U. S. Civil War from 1860-1864. It also includes some later correspondence, his Muster Roll and a lithograph from the 4th Regiment Michigan Infantry, and miscellaneous items. In addition, the transcripts and biographical information in the collection were provided by Edwin Villeneuve LaPlace and presented to Sally Taylor LaPlace (a decendant) in 1974.
Edward H. C. Taylor (1840-1905) was the son of Walter Teller Taylor (1802-1856) and the father of Edward Walter Desire Taylor (1876-1952). E. H. C. Taylor was educated at Hobart College, Geneva, N.Y. At the outbreak of the Civil War he was visiting in Holland, Michigan and enlisted in the 4th Regiment Michigan Infantry. After the war he moved to Stockton, California. Later, he lived in Bellingham, Washington, where he was a principal in the Bellingham Bay and British Columbia Railroad, and eventually moved to St. Paul, Minnesota, where he was senior freight auditor for the Northern Pacific Railroad.