Henry Harrison Walker

    Headstone pictures were taken in the Evergreen Cemetery, Morristown, Morris County, N.J. and was submitted by Fred Otto.

Henry Harrison Walker was born at "Elmwood," Sussex County, Virginia, October 15, 1832, and was graduated forty-first in the class of 1853 at West Point. (John B. Hood stood forty-fourth on the roster of fifty-two.) His principal service in the ante-bellum army was in the Kansas "war" between the adherents of the pro and antislavery factions. He resigned on May 3, 1861, and was appointed a captain of infantry in the Regular Confederate States Army; he was subsequently elected lieutenant colonel of the 40th Virginia Infantry. Twice wounded at Gaines's Mill in the battles of the Seven Days, he was commended by both his brigade and division commanders, Generals Field and A. P. Hill. After being for some time in charge of a convalescent camp, he was appointed brigadier general on July 1, 1863, and took part in the action of Bristoe Station and the Mine Run campaign of that year. General Walker was again wounded during the battle of Spotsylvania Court House in May 1864. After his recovery he served on courtmartial duty in Richmond, and during the closing weeks of the war, in guarding the Richmond & Danville Railroad. On April 10, 1865 Jefferson Davis, learning of the surrender at Appomattox, dispatched Walker, with the troops at Danville, to Joseph E. Johnston's army in North Carolina. He was, however, paroled at Richmond on May 7, 1865. After the war General Walker took up residence in Morristown, New Jersey, and he was for many years an investment broker. He died at Morristown on March 22, 1912, and is buried there in Evergreen Cemetery.

Ref: Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders by Ezra J. Warner.  Printed by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London.

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