This article addresses excerpts of an oral history with Issac Taylor taken in 1937. At the time, Taylor was the last living soldier in Onslow County. Taylor recalls being brought up by a slave after his mother left. During his childhood, Taylor attended school while working on his family farm. In 1862, Taylor volunteered for the Confederacy and enlisted with the 19th Regiment. Taylor fought at the battles of New Bern and Gettysburg. Taylor was captured in April 1865 and spent three months in a prisoner of war camp. Following the war, Taylor returned to Onslow County and started a family.