Walter Taylor, a graduate of VMI, was the first officer assigned to General Lee's staff, traveling with Lee to Georgia and West Virginia. Taylor was as close to Lee during the war years as anyone, being called upon, sometimes to his chagrin, to dine with Lee. In 1864, in letters to his wife, Taylor repeatedly referred to Lee as the Tycoon, a term popular then due to the opening of Japan. Taylor resided in Norfolk after the war
Portrait of famous Civil War General William Tecumseh Sherman. Sherman was serving in the Army in California at the time of the 1848 gold discovery and was witness to the early days of the gold rush. He resigned from the Army in 1853 and went to San Francisco as a senior partner in the bank, Lucas, Turner & Co. The financial panic of 1857 put an end to his banking career and he left California.