George Washington Taggart was born in Hillsboro County, New Hampshire in 1816. He died in Richville, Utah in 1893. Over the course of a remarkable lifetime as patriot, churchman, pioneer, builder, and devoted husband and father, he left an example of faith, perseverance, strength and dignity that ennobles all who come after him.

We Taggarts are glad you have found us. As descendants of George Washington Taggart and members of the George Washington Taggart Family Organization we are immensely pleased to share with the world some small part of our beloved ancestor's life and times as they have been cherished and preserved by our family.

As you visit with us, we hope you will enjoy getting to know "GWT" as well as learning a bit about the Taggart family today. We are in every walk of life and scattered all around the globe, but we all share in a proud legacy handed down to us by this good man and we take seriously our obligations to honor that legacy.

In Honorable Remembrance . . .

As an officer in the United States Army of the West in 1846-47, George Washington Taggart  was a participant in the longest infantry march in history. At the beginning of his service our ancestor reflected on the momentous responsibility he had willingly taken up in a letter to his wife:

"I feel Fanny, as though I had made as great a sacrifice as I could well make, in that I have forsaken for the time being my possessions, my family and at the risk of life start for Mexico as a United States soldier with 500 of my brethren in order to show that the blood of my grandfathers who fought and bled in the Revolutionary War and the spirit of liberty and freedom still courses in the veins of some of their posterity that are called Mormons"

After a year-and-a-half of hardship, his duty done, GWT struggled home through winter snows to a joyous reunion with his wife and daughter. About GWT and his soldier compatriots  has been said:

"The Mormon Battalion will be held in honorable remembrance to the latest generation; and I will prophesy that the children of those who have been in the army, in defense of their country, will grow up and bless their fathers for what they did at that time. And men and nations will rise up and bless the men who went in that Battalion." -Brigham Young

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Now online, Rick and Evelyn McConkie's masterwork: George Washington Taggart, Member of the Mormon Battalion, His Life and Times and
His Wives Harriet Atkins Bruce, Fanny Parks, Clarissa Marina Rogers and their Ancestors 1711-1901

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George Washington Taggart was a patriot who served his country at great personal sacrifice. We Taggarts remember.


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