The newly renovated Medal of Honor Museum opens to the public on May 25!

Congressional Medal of Honor Society

Stories of Sacrifice

  • Filter Recipient Database here
    • Service Branch
    • Conflict / Era
    • Additional Filters

U.S. Civil War - U.S. Navy

Thomas Taylor

  • Also Known As: George Thomas Taylor
  • Rank: Coxswain
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    U.S.S. Metacomet
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Navy
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: August 5, 1864
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Mobile Bay, Alabama, USA

Served on board the U.S.S. Metacomet during the action against rebel forts and gunboats and with the rebel ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. Despite damage to his ship and the loss of several men on board as enemy fire raked her decks, Taylor encouraged the men of the forward pivot gun when the officer in command displayed cowardice, doing honor to the occasion.

Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Maine
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Born: 1834, Bangor, Penobscot County, ME, United States
  • Died: January 19, 1884, Brooklyn, NY, United States
  • Buried: Cypress Hills Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY, United States

Questions? For More Information Contact Us!