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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1850

Vol. II
p417
1464

(Born Ten.)

Lucius M. Walker

(Ap'd at Large)

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Lucius Marsha Walker: Born Oct. 18, 1829.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1846, to July 1, 1850, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut. of Dragoons, July 1, 1850.

Served: at the Cavalry School for Practice, Carlisle, Pa., 1850; on p418frontier duty, conducting recruits to Texas, 1850‑51, — Ft. Martin Scott,

(Second Lieut., 2d Dragoons, Aug. 8, 1851)

Tex., 1851, — Scouting, 1851, — and Ft. Mason, Tex., 1851.

Resigned, Mar. 31, 1852.

Joined in the Rebellion of 1861-66 against the United States.b

Died, Sep. 19,c 1863, at Little Rock, Ark.: Aged 34.

Buried, Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis, TN.


Thayer's Notes:

a I give his middle name from his tombstone (q.v.). The title of the Find-a‑Grave page is in error; nor is a popular cult site, notorious for its errors, accurate in calling Marsh a "nickname": he is listed as Lucius Marsh Walker in the List of Cadets Admitted into the United States Military Academy, an official publication of the Academy (on the occasion of its first centennial, 1902).

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b As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record: he rose to brigadier general, commanding a division in the Arkansas campaign, and was killed there in a famous duel: more extended summaries are provided by the Find-a‑Grave page linked above, and by Jonathan Morrow in "Confederate Generals from Arkansas" (ArkHQ 21:242).

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c Gen. Walker is usually said to have died on September 7th; plausibly, since he had been shot in the viscera the day before. Cullum often records as a date of death what is in fact a date of burial, the difference usually being a day or two; here we just might owe the discrepancy to the same reason, since he died in an active battle zone: but this is mere conjecture on my part, in an attempt to account for the error. I have no information on his burial date.


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