Reuben Lindsay Walker

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Reuben Lindsay Walker was born on May 29, 1827, at Logan, Albemarle County, Virginia, and was graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 1845. After following the profession of civil engineering for a time, he became a farmer in New Kent County. At the beginning of the Civil War he was assigned as commander of the Purcell Battery, with which he reached the field of First Manassas in time to shell the retreating Federals. Promoted major on March 31, 1862, and subsequently lieutenant colonel and colonel, he served as chief of artillery, first of A. P. Hill's division, and then of the 3rd Corps until the surrender at Appomattox. He is said to have never had a day's leave of absence save during the battles of the Seven Days, when he was ill in Richmond. He was promoted brigadier general of artillery to rank from February 18, 1865, after compiling a record of sixty-three battles and engagements. He returned to farming after the war, removing to Selma, Alabama, in 1872. Here, he was for two years superintendent of the Marine & Selma Railroad. He returned to Virginia in 1876 and was employed by the Richmond street railways arid as construction engineer of the Richmond & Alleghany Railroad. After superintending the construction of an addition to the Virginia State Penitentiary, General Walker was appointed construction superintendent of the Texas State Capitol and resided in Austin from 1884 to 1888. He died on his farm in Fluvanna County, Virginia, June 7, 1890, and was buried in Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond.

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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