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Family of Rev. Lewis S. TALLEY (37) & Priscilla CLARK

73. Gen. William Cooper TALLEY. Born on 11 Dec 1831 in Brandywine Hundred, New Castle Co, DE.[1] Birth taken from his father's Bible. William Cooper died ? . Occupation: Published the Upland Union, Democratic newspaper, Media, PA; purchased National Democrat, Norristown, PA; Collector of Internal Revenue, 7th Dist. of PA; published Delaware Co. Democrat, Chester, PA; Democratic PA Legislature; Printing Dept., Wash., DC.[1] Education: Attended the Forwood School when a boy. Graduated in 1853 from Professor Sudler's Academy at Wilmington, Delaware.[1]

William and his family resided in Delaware County, PA; and later lived in Washington, DC.[1]

May 24, 1865
A CURIOSITY. -Col. Wm. Cooper Talley, has now growing in his
garden in this Borough, in the shape of a hop pole, a cherry
tree about sixteen feet high, which duly blossomed, and now
has upon it a number of fully developed cherries which give
promise of eventual full maturity. The 'was cut from a
large cherry tree, and planted for the purpose
indicated-without roots of course-last winter, and this
singular fructification, resulted. Will some of our
pomological friends explain the seeming mystery, and, if
possible, quote antecedents. This triumph over a seeming
impossibility, may be significant of the ultimate success of
the proprietor of the vegetable monstrosity, over what, is
both more common, and more base.

Military: General William Cooper Talley's military life, furnished by O. B. Talley of Sioux City, Iowa, included with the sketch of General Talley in "A History of the Talley Family on the Delaware and their Descendants", by George A. Talley, 1899:

"When the first shot was fired on Fort Sumter he sold his newspaper at a sacrifice and organized a company at his home in Delaware County, Pa. The company became Co. F of the 1st Regiment of the Pennsylvania Reserve Corps. In 1861 the company was mustered in, subject to the call of the President. The call came during the first Bull Run fight, and he soon joined the Army of the Potomac. At the Battle of Antietam he was given the command of his regiment by General Warren, the Corps Commander. He received his Colonel's Commission Nov. 2, 1862. At the Battle of Spottsylvania C. H. he commanded the 1st Brigade of the 5th Corps, Crawford commanding the division. He was, upon recommendation of General Crawford, Breveted Brigadier General for gallant and meritorious action at Antietam, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, the Wilderness, Spottsylvania and other engagements. He was mustered out with his brigade at Philadelphia, June 13, 1864.

Steine in his History of the Army of the Potomac in Substance says of him: 'Col. William Cooper Talley, in command of the 1st Regiment of the Reserves at the Battle of Fredericksburg, was on the right. In this charge, which was longer and equally as brillian and daring as the famous Pickett's charge at Gettysburg, or MacDonald's at Wagram, the command was exposed to a heavy artillery fire from the front and the flanks. Colonel Talley was a young officer of unpretending manner and not ambitious for promotion. C. H. Ingram, of Talley's regiment, said that he looked at the Colonel as his regiment reached the slope to make the charge on the works; that Colonel Talley was one of the coolest men that he ever saw in action. He guarded his right against surprise while he led the charge in front.'

Bates in his History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers in substance says: 'In the Battle of Fredericksburg the 1st Regiment of Pennsylvania Reserves, under command of Colonel Talley, moved in a steady line across an open plain under a heavy enfilading artillery fire, and charged with resistless energy, crossing the railroad and ditches, and driving the enemy two hundred yards beyond the entrenchment. He was compelled to retire for want of reinforcements, after having opened the way to victory. He led his regiment with great gallantry and aided in gaining the signal advantage of the battle. If this successful assault had been followed up, a victory would have been gained instead of a defeat which filled the land with gloom.'

O. B. Talley, in closing his sketch, says: It has been my good fortune to know General Talley in his home life in Washington. During three years of my service as clerk to a committee of the lower branch of the National Legislature, I spent many pleasant evenings with the General. He is a grand old man, full of years and of glory, unassuming and generous. Those of his family whom I have met are fit descendants of such a sire. Our family has reason to be proud of him, and the coming generations may well emulate the example he has set before them."[1]

October 9, 1863
TALLEY and Capt. JOSEPH R.T. COATES, of the 1st Regiment of
Pennsylvania Reserves, in Delaware county, have procured for
them magnificent swords, which it is their intention to
present in a few days. These officers have honestly won the
testimonials by their bravery, and are justly entitled to wear
them. [CW]

December 25, 1863
SWORD PRESENTATION. - An elegant dress sword was presented to
Col. WILLIAM C. TALLEY of the 1st Regiment, Pa. Reserves, at
Media, on Saturday evening last. The gift was presented by
ROBERT L. MARTIN Esq., on behalf of the donors, in a speech
replete with patriotism and kind feeling. Col. Talley on
receiving the present replied in a short, modest speech, in
which he disclaimed any especial merit as an officer - beyond
the performance of his duty as a soldier - a duty which he
owed his government, and which he had endeavored to fulfill.
He spoke of the soldiers who carried the musket, and to them
he gave all the credit for the victories which had crowned our
arms. The presentation was witnessed by many of the Colonel
friends who had congregated to witness the bestowal of this
well deserved tribute to a brave man and gallant officer. [CW]

William Cooper married Mary J. WEBB.

They had the following children:
i. Priscilla. Born in 1861.[1] Priscilla died ? .
ii. Mary F.. Born on 2 Mar 1864.[1] Mary F. died in Media, Del Co, PA on 20 Sep 1865; she was 1.[1],[69]

October 6, 1865
Death Notice
In Media, on the 20th ult., MARY F., daughter of William Cooper
and Mary J. Talley, aged nineteen months.
iii. Stella. Born on 30 Mar 1866.[1]
iv. Eleanor. Born on 11 May 1867.[1] Eleanor died ? .
v. William C.. Born on 18 Apr 1869.[1] William C. died ? .
vi. Frank G.. Born on 8 Nov 1871.[1] Frank G. died ? .
vii. Horace W.. Born on 16 Nov 1873.[1] Horace W. died ? .
viii. Georgia. Born on 15 Jan 1876.[1] Georgia died ? .
ix. Ethel. Born on 11 Jan 1880.[1] Ethel died ? .
x. Katherine. Born on 4 Mar 1884.[1] Katherine died ? .

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