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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1837

Vol. I

(Born Ga.)

William H. T. Walker

(Ap'd Ga.)


William Henry Talbot Walker: Born Nov. 26, 1816, Augusta, GA.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1832, to July 1, 1837, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 6th Infantry, July 1, 1837.

Second Lieut., 6th Infantry, July 31, 1837.

Served: in the Florida War against the Seminole Indians, 1837‑38,  p695 1841‑42 being engaged in the Battle of Okee-cho-bee, Dec. 25, 1837, where he

(Bvt. First Lieut., Dec. 25, 1837,
for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct in the War against the Florida Indians)

(First Lieut., 6th Infantry, Feb. 1, 1838)

was severely (thrice) wounded; and on sick leave of absence, disabled by wounds, 1838.

Resigned, Oct. 31, 1838.

Re-appointed, Nov. 18, 1840, in the United States Army, as

First Lieut., 6th Infantry, Feb. 1, 1838 — his former Rank.

Served: in the Florida War, 1840‑42; on frontier duty at Ft. Towson, I. T., 1842, — and Ft. Gibson, I. T., 1843‑44; on Recruiting service,

(Captain, 6th Infantry, Nov. 7, 1845)

1844‑46; in the War with Mexico, 1846‑47, being engaged in the Siege of Vera Cruz, Mar. 9‑29, 1847, — Battle of Cerro Gordo, Apr. 17‑18, 1847, — Skirmish of Amazoque, May 14, 1847, — Capture of San Antonio,

(Bvt. Major, Aug. 20, 1847,
for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct in the Battles of Contreras and Churubusco, Mex.)

Aug. 20, 1847, — Battle of Churubusco, Aug. 20, 1847, — and Battle of

(Bvt. Lieut.‑Col., Sep. 8, 1847,
for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct in the Battle of Molino del Rey, Mex.)

Molino del Rey, Sep. 8, 1847, where he was severely wounded;​1 on sick leave of absence, 1847‑49; on Recruiting service, 1849‑50; on sick leave of absence in Europe, Asia, and Africa, 1850‑51; on Recruiting service, 1851‑52; as Deputy Governor of East Pascagoula Branch Military Asylum, Mis., Dec. 3, 1852, to June 24, 1854; at the Military Academy, as Commandant of Cadets, and Instructor of Infantry Tactics, July 31, 1854, to May 27, 1856; on frontier duty at Ft. Ripley, Min.,

(Major, 10th Infantry, Mar. 3, 1855)

1856; and on sick leave of absence, 1856‑60.

Resigned, Dec. 20, 1860.

Joined in the Rebellion of 1861‑66 against the United States,​a and was

Killed in a Sortie from Atlanta, Ga., July 22, 1864: Aged 47.

Buried, Walker Family Cemetery, Augusta, GA.

The Author's Note:

1 In 1849 he was presented, by the State of Georgia, with a sword of honor, "as a tribute to his gallantry in Florida and Mexico," on which was inscribed: "Okee-cho-bee;" "Vera Cruz;" "Churubusco;" and "Molino del Rey."

Thayer's Note:

a As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record: he was promoted to Major-General, with emphatic support and praise from Gen. Joseph E. Johnston. Surprisingly, his online footprint is very weak, but Fort Walker, GA was named for him and a biography of him was published in 2005: To the Manner Born: The Life of General William H. T. Walker (Russell K. Brown, Mercer University Press).

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