Walter Taylor
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Historical Figure
Nationality: United States (Confederate States, 1861-1865)
Date of Birth: 1838
Date of Death: 1916
Cause of Death: Cancer
Occupation: Banker, Lawyer, soldier, politician, Author of Non-Fiction, railroad executive
Spouse: Elizabeth Saunders
Military Branch: Confederate
States Army (American Civil War)
Fictional Appearances:
The Guns of the South
POD: January 17, 1864
Type of Appearance: Direct
Nationality: Confederate States
Military Branch: Army of Northern Virginia (Second American Revolution)

Walter Herron Taylor (June 13, 1838 – March 1, 1916) was an American banker, lawyer, soldier, politician, author, and railroad executive from Norfolk, Virginia. During the American Civil War, he was an officer in the Confederate States Army, attaining the rank of lieutenant colonel as an aide to General Robert E. Lee. He was later a Senator in the Virginia General Assembly, and attorney for the Norfolk and Western Railway and later the Virginian Railway.

Walter Taylor in The Guns of the South[]

During the winter of 1863-4 Major Walter Taylor served as General Robert E. Lee's aide-de-camp as the Army of Northern Virginia wintered near Orange Court House. On January 20, 1864 Major Taylor was approached by Mr. Andries Rhoodie who had a letter of introduction from Josiah Gorgas. After Rhoodie demonstrated his new weapon, Taylor agreed to allow him to demonstrate it to General Lee.

Taylor, along with his fellow staff officers watched Rhoodie's demonstration for General Lee. He assisted in placing human cut-out targets in a firing range out to 500 yards and helped collect them afterwards. Since he had already witnessed the weapon in action, he supplied a running commentary during the demonstration.

Taylor asked Rhoodie if he had named the rifle after himself as inventors are wont to do. Rhoodie replied that it was named the AK-47. Ironically, Taylor was correct, it was named after its inventor Mikhail Kalashnikov.

During the capture of Washington City in 1864, Taylor accompanied Lee into the White House.