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Gardner Rundle Taylor

Obituary of Jonathan Theodore Rundle, Nashville, Tennessee.

Again the roll call has been answered by another of our gallant old soldiers. On January 6, 1915, Jonathan Theodore Rundle joined the ranks of heroes on the other shore. Brave, generous, self-sacrificing, he was ever ready with heart and hand to help his fellow man.

Mr. Rundle was born at Wheeling, W. Va., April 12, 1836, being the son of Jonathan and Elizabeth Bucher Rundle, formerly of England. The family removed to Cincinnati, where his mother died when he was ten years of age. Later he went to Charleston, W. Va., and when the call came for volunteers for the South he, with his brother, Capt. John Rundle, joined the 36th Virginia Regiment. In the battle of Fort Donelson he received a serious wound, which left him incapacitated for further service. When the was taken by the Federals he was made prisoner and placed in the Federal hospital at Nashville. From that place he was stolen away one night by three noble Southern women who loved and cared for the soldiers. Mrs. Robert Gardner, Mrs. Fort, and Mrs. M. Taylor, a dead comrades body being placed on his cot. For two years he was unable to go about, but when he did get out it came his way to render a valuable service to Governor Johnson, who never forgot it, and he gave to Mr. Rundle special protection and privileges.

After the war Mr. Rundle became an active citizen of Nashville, making that his home until his death. He is survived by his wife, who was Margaret Taylor, the adopted daughter of one of the ladies who removed him from the hospital, and their four children, a son and three daughters.

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, March, 1915.

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