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Robbins Spottswood Taylor Temple

Obituary of Samuel Temple, St. Louis, Missouri.

In the sixty-sixth year of his age, Samuel Taylor entered into rest at his home, in St. Louis, Mo., on June 3, 1914. He was born in Richmond, Va., April 8, 1848, the son of William F. Taylor, who for sixteen years was auditor of Virginia, and Elizabeth Skyren Temple, great-granddaughter of Alexander Spottswood, Colonial Governor of Virginia. He entered the service at the age of fourteen, serving as second lieutenant in Company G, volunteers for the local defense of Richmond, and this company was attached to the 25th Battery (Henley's), composed of government employees, and stationed in the trenches around Richmond, and for some time acted as bodyguard for Gen, Custis Lee, then in charge of defenses around Richmond. He resigned from this command and was appointed a cadet in the regular army, in which he served the remainder of the war, the latter acting as courier to Gen. John B. Gordon. At the close of the war he entered the Virginia Military Institute, graduating with the rank of captain of Company D. Later he went to St. Louis, where he married Miss Mattie Robbins, who, with their children, survives him.

He was a man of the strong faith and a beautiful personality, and his many fine qualities enderaed him to all with whom he came in contact.

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, April, 1915.

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