John George Walker

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John George Walker was born in Cole County, Missouri, July 22, 1822. He received his early education at the Jesuit College in St. Louis. Commissioned directly into the United States Army in 1846, he served during the war with Mexico and had attained the rank of captain by the time he resigned, on July 31, 1861, to enter Confederate service. He was immediately commissioned major of cavalry in the Regular Army, and after being appointed lieutenant colonel of the 8th Texas Cavalry, was made brigadier general on January 9, 1862. He distinguished himself with the Army of Northern Virginia through the Maryland campaign, and was promoted major general on November 8, 1862. His division of two brigades took possession of Loudoun Heights in the operations against Harpers Ferry in September of that year, and subsequently rendered gallant service during the battle of Sharpsburg. At this juncture he was transferred to the Trans-Mississippi Department, where he assumed command of the Texas infantry division. After participating in the Red River campaign, he relieved General Richard Taylor in the District of West Louisiana. At the close of the war he was in command of a division in the District of Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona, his troops being at the time composed of Steele's, Bee's, and Bagby's cavalry divisions, Cooper's Indians, and Slaughter's brigade. He went to Mexico without waiting for his personal parole at the termination of hostilities. In later life he served as U. S. consul general at Bogota, Colombia, and as special commissioner to the South American republics on behalf of the Pan-American Convention. He died at Washington, D. C, July 20, 1893, and was buried in Winchester, Virginia.

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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