William Stephen Walker

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William Stephen Walker was born on April 13, 1822, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was reared by his uncle, Senator Robert J. Walker of Mississippi (also a native of Pennsylvania), who was President Polk's Secretary of the Treasury. After attending school in Georgetown, D. C, he took part in the Mexican War as a 1st lieutenant. He was brevetted captain for gallant and meritorious conduct at Chapultepec and honorably mustered out on August 31, 1848. Upon the expansion of the regular army in 1855 he was commissioned as captain of the 1st Cavalry, with which he served until his resignation, on May 1, 1861, to cast his lot with the South. Nominated a captain of infantry in the Regular Confederate Army on March 16, 1861, as from Florida, he was first employed in mustering troops into Confederate service. Later he became colonel and acting inspector general of the Department of South Carolina and Georgia. He was in charge of a number of different districts in the state of South Carolina in 1862 and 1863, and was promoted brigadier general on October 30, 1862. Commanding at Kinston, North Carolina, in April 1864, he was soon after called to assist General Beauregard in the defense of Petersburg. Here, on May 20, he was wounded and captured, and his foot amputated. Exchanged in the fall of the year, he was in command in North Carolina when the war ended. General Walker thereafter made his home in Georgia. He died in Atlanta on June 7, 1899, and is buried there in Oakland 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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