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William Henry Talbot Walker, American army officer.


Walker, William Henry Talbot was born on November 26, 1816 in Augusta, Georgia, United States. Son of Freeman and Mary Washington (Creswell) Walker.


Graduated from the United States Military Academy, 1837.


Commissioned Second lieutenant 6th Infantry, United States Army, 1837. Served in Florida Indian War, brevetted First lieutenant for gallant conduct at Battle of Okeechobee. Resigned from army, 1838, reappointed, 1840, rejoined his regiment and served through Florida war.

Commissioned captain, 1845. Participated in all battles of Mexican War, brevetted major for heroic conduct at Contreras, 1847, lieutenant colonel for gallantry at Molino del Rey, 1847. Presented with sword of honor by State of Georgia, 1849.

In recruiting service, 1847-1852, deputy governor of military asylum, East Pascagoula, Mississippi, 1852-1854. Commandant of cadets, instructor military tactics United States Military Academy, 1854-1856. Commissioned major, 1855.

Resigned from United States Army, 1860, entered Confederate service. Commissioned major general Georgia Volunteers, 1861, brigadier general Confederate Army, 1861. Brigade commander in Northern Virginia.

Resigned commission, 1861. Major general Georgia Militia, November 1861. Reentered Confederate service as brigadier general, 1863, promoted major general, 1864.

In command reserves at Battle of Chickamauga. With Army of Tennessee during campaign in Northern Ga.


Married Mary Townsend, 4 children.

Freeman Walker

Mary Washington (Creswell) Walker

Mary Townsend