The Wedding of Walter H. Taylor
“It had been prearranged that should General Lee leave Richmond, she and Walter would marry. She would have better chances as an officer’s wife in the evacuation of Richmond. Rob, Walter’s brother, took Bettie a telegram in which Walter wrote he would be over some time that day. Bettie knew this was the signal for the wedding. She went to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and asked Reverend Charles Minnigerode to perform the ceremony at the Crenshaw house.”
“While at the church, Jefferson Davis entered. Bettie relayed to him that Richmond was to be evacuated. President Davis was very disturbed by the news and went to the Presidential Pew. Within a few minutes General Lee’s courier entered the church and whispered to President Davis. They left the Church.”
“… Walter cleaned the cinders from his uniform; greeted the reverend; and the ceremony began. Bettie was a plain square-jawed young woman. Her wedding dress was black muslin and grey linen.”
“Charles Edward Yeatman (son of Thomas Robinson Yeatman and Elizabeth Tabb Patterson) went to California in 1849, he brought back a nugget of gold and [had] a ring made of [the] gold that he mined. ‘He deposited it with cousin Sally Tompkins during the war for safekeeping. She lent it to Colonel Walter Taylor… Mrs. Walter said she could not give up the ring which meant so much to her.’ ”
- After this, Taylor returned to his duties
From: The Lady with the Milk White Hands: A Biography of Sally Louisa Tompkins By Shirley E. Gillespie 2005 p.107
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