Private Taylor, along with Co. D, and three other companies of the 6th Mass. braved the massive riot in Baltimore, Md, that resulted in the loss of 4 men killed, and 36 wounded, the first blood shed by Union volunteers in the American Civil War.
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Massachusetts Minuteman Medal – Charles W. Taylor Co. “D” 6th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.
Charles W. Taylor was from Lowell, Mass. and enlisted at the age of 22 on April 16, 1861 as a private. His Company “D” (The City Guards of Lowell) was commanded by Captain James W. Hart. This company was one of the four company detachment, under command of Captain Albert S. Follansbee, that marched through the streets of Baltimore during the riot there on April 19th, 1861, on their way to defend the U.S. Capital.
Four men were killed, and 36 wounded, but Taylor survived Baltimore and remained with the regiment performing guard duty at the Relay House (Baltimore & Ohio RR station below the city), and protecting the viaduct there, until mustering out with the regiment at Boston on August 2, 1861.
Came in a protective carrying case, blue velvet lined.