Sarah Taylor (soldier)

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Sarah Jane Taylor (1841 – 1886), was a vivandière for the Union during the American Civil War.[1] She was the stepdaughter of Col. James A. Doughty, who served as a captain in the 1st Regiment Tennessee Volunteer Infantry at Camp Dick Robinson in Kentucky.

Loyalty to the Federal Government was a crime in the South. On September 20, 1861, Taylor fled her home in Eastern Tennessee by foot, then crossed the Kentucky border a few days later. In an autobiographical essay, she writes that she was unanimously elected Daughter of the 1st Tennessee Regiment.[2] She traveled with the company at the Battle of Camp Wildcat. She was arrested on June 19, 1862 in Jacksonboro, Georgia as a Union spy.[3]