From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

James Tayloe '60

Date of birth: 1841

Date of death: March 8, 1862

Age: ~20

Lucky Bag

The Lucky Bag was first published in 1894.

Naval Academy Register

James Langhorne Tayloe was admitted to the Naval Academy from Virginia on September 24, 1855 at age 14 years 11 months.


1860 Taylor 1.jpg

From Find A Grave:

James Langhorne Tayloe, born Roanoke, Virginia, 1840 or 1841; son of William Tayloe; attended Episcopal High School, Alexandria, Virginia; entered the United States Naval Academy; graduated 1860; resigned from the United States Navy, June 6, 1861, and entered the Confederate States Navy, July 8, 1861, as acting Midshipman; in command of the CSS Fanny at the battle of Roanoke; promoted Master, September 24, 1861, and Lieutenant, February 10, 1862; killed in action aboard the CSS Raleigh, March 8, 1862, at Hampton Roads, Virginia.

James was stationed on CSS Raleigh (1861), but was aboard CSS Beaufort when he was killed during the Battle of Hampton Roads. He is buried in Virginia.

He is listed on the killed in action panel in the front of Memorial Hall.


From the Naval History and Heritage Command:

Acting Midshipman, 24 September, 1855. Midshipman, 15 June, 1860. Dismissed 5 July, 1861.

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William Hutter '63 was also killed in this engagement.

Memorial Hall Error

His last name was spelled "Tayloe." Memorial Hall has "Taylor."

Confederates in Memorial Hall

This alumni is included on this site because he is listed in Memorial Hall. We do not feel this is appropriate—these men took up arms against the same constitution they'd once sworn to support and defend—and we have engaged with the Naval Academy and the Naval Academy Alumni Association to correct these and other errors.

Class of 1860

James is the only member of the Class of 1860 in Memorial Hall.