ALBUMEN PHOTOGRAPH OF BENJAMIN J. TAYMAN, 91ST PENNSYLVANIA INFANTRY

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Oval image on 6 ½” x 8 ½” mount. Excellent condition. 2/3 length standing view wearing 9 button frock coat, officer’s sash, belt with rectangular buckle, and sword. His hat rests on a prop mantle, with infantry insignia and numbers “91” clearly visible. No photographer’s marks. Typed biographical info attached on reverse.

Born in 1817/18 in Maryland, Benjamin J. Tayman was a resident of Philadelphia when he enlisted on 12/4/61 as an Adjutant. Commissioned into Field & Staff, 91st PA. Promoted to Captain by Brevet; Major by Brevet; Lt. Colonel by Brevet; and Colonel by Brevet on 8/18/64. Arrested and tried by court martial in May 1863 for neglect of duty and misbehavior before the enemy; he was found not guilty. Mustered out on 12/4/64. Appointed Major in the 7th US Volunteers on 6/26/65, but was discharged by special order on 12/20/65 because he did not pass the required examination. Tayman returned to Philadelphia where he worked in a factory. He died in 1889.

91st Regiment Infantry

Organized at Philadelphia and mustered in December 4, 1861. Left State for Washington, D.C., January 21, 1862. Attached to Defenses of Washington, D.C., to August, 1862. 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 5th Army Corps, Army Potomac, to May, 1863. 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, 5th Army Corps, to March, 1864. 4th Brigade, 1st Division, 5th Army Corps, to April, 1864. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 5th Army Corps, to June, 1864. 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 5th Army Corps, June, 1864. 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 5th Army Corps, to July, 1864. 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 5th Army Corps, to December, 1864. 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 5th Army Corps, to March, 1865. 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 5th Army Corps, to July, 1865.

SERVICE.--Duty at Washington, D.C., until April 27, 1862, and at Alexandria, Va., until August 21. Near Fairfax C. H. until September 15. Reached Antietam, Md., September 18. Duty at Sharpsburg, Md., until October 30. Skirmishes at Kearneysville and Shepherdstown October 15-16. Reconnaissance to Leesburg, W. Va., October 16-17. Movement to Falmouth, Va., October 30-November 19. Battle of Fredericksburg, Va.,December 12-15. Burnside's second Campaign, "Mud March," January 20-24, 1863. Duty at Falmouth, Va., until April 27. Chancellorsville Campaign April 27-May 6. Battle of Chancellorsville May 1-5. Gettysburg (Pa.) Campaign June 13-July 24. Battle of Gettysburg, Pa.,July 1-3. Pursuit of Lee July 5-24. Duty on line of the Rappahannock until October. Bristoe Campaign October 9-22. Advance to line of the Rappahannock November 7-8. Rappahannock Station November 7. Mine Run Campaign November 26-December 2. Regiment reenlisted December 26, 1863. Veterans on furlough January 2-February 16, 1864, and near Chester until March 2. Rapidan Campaign May 4-June 12. Battles of the Wilderness May 5-7; Laurel Hill May 8; Spottsylvania C. H. May 8-21. Assault on the Salient May 12. North Anna River May 23-26. On line of the Pamunkey May 26-28. Totopotomoy May 28-31. Cold Harbor June 1-12. Bethesda Church June 1-3. Before Petersburg June 16-18. Siege of Petersburg June 16, 1864, to April 2, 1865. Mine Explosion, Petersburg, July 30, 1864 (Reserve). Six Mile House, Weldon Railroad, August 18-21. Poplar Grove Church, Peeble's Farm, September 29-October 2. Boydton Plank Road, Hatcher's Run, October 27-28. Warren's Raid to Weldon Railroad December 7-12. Dabney's Mills, Hatcher's Run, February 5-7, 1865. Appomattox Campaign March 28-April 9. Lewis Farm, Gravelly Run, March 29. Junction of Quaker and Boydton Roads March 29. White Oak Road March 30-31. Five Forks April 1. Appomattox C. H. April 9. Surrender of Lee and his army. Moved to Washington, D. C:, May 1-12. Grand Review May 23. Mustered out July 10, 1865. Regiment lost during service 6 Officers and 110 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 2 Officers and 82 Enlisted men by disease. Total 200.  [ld]

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