Samuel T. WALKER, Co. B 24th Texas Cavalry






SAMUEL T. WALKER

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Samuel T. Walker was born in 1840 in Lowndes County, Alabama, the son of William Walker and Mary Howerton. He moved with his family to the vicinity of Danville, Montgomery County, Texas, in late 1859. He is listed on the 1850 census of Alabama as “Samuel,” and on the 1860 census of Montgomery County as S. T.

In November 1861 at the age of twenty-one, Samuel enrolled at the town of Montgomery in Company I of the Ninth Regiment Texas Infantry (Nichols'). Nichols' was a six-month regiment which was engaged in building fortifications at Galveston in preparation for a threatened Union attack. Samuel was five foot eight inches tall with dark complexion, gray eyes, and dark hair. By occupation, he was a farmer.

Upon mustering out of Nichols' on April 24th, 1862, Sam was paid $6.00 as reimbursement for his travel to and from Galveston.

After mustering out of Nichols', Sam, along with his father, joined Capt. Wooldridge’s company of Second Texas Lancers at Danville on March 29, 1862. Sam and his father, William, appear to be the only father-son team in the company.

This company became Company B 24th Regiment Texas Cavalry. Sam's name is transcribed from the muster rolls variously as T. S., S. T., and T. A. Walker, the common initial being “T.“

Sam was mustered in at Camp Carter at Hempstead and trained there as a cavalryman. He rode to Arkansas with his regiment and was dismounted at El Dorado and forced to serve the rest of the war as infantry. He was stationed at Ft. Hindman, Arkansas Post, and was engaged in building cabins for the winter and in digging rifle pits for a possible Union attack. It must have been sad for Sam to experience his father's death at Arkansas Post that November, so far away from home.

Sam was captured at Ft. Hindman in the Battle of Arkansas Post, January 11, 1863. His name is on the Roster of Troops Captured at Fr. Hindman, and on the Roll of Prisoners of War at Camp Butler, Springfield, Illinois, captured at Arkansas Post.

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He. was paroled from Camp Butler in April with the other prisoners and sent to City Point, Virginia, for exchange.

Sam was one of those who arrived ill and were immediately placed in the hospital at Petersburg, Virginia. The muster roll for April 30 has a notation that he was “Absent in hospital at Petersburg, Virginia.” His name is also on a Register of the Medical Director’s Office for the hospital at Petersburg; it shows his admission date.

The muster rolls dated after the men's arrival in Petersburg all note that Sam was either “absent on furlough” or “sick in hospital.” They include the rolls of June, 1863 through April, 1864.

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No records for the 24th Regiment dated after April, 1864, have survived. They were probably lost when officers were killed in battle, or when the Confederates were defeated in a battle. Only the rolls of those who surrendered and were paroled at the end of the war survive, and S. T. Walker is not on this roll. Whether he died in the hospital, recovered and rejoined his regiment, was killed in a battle, or made it home to Texas is not known.


The above was compiled from census records and from the Compiled Service Records, which are housed at the National Archives in Washington, D. C. and which were accessed on microfilm at the Confederate Research Center at Hillsboro, Texas and later online at Fold3. Thanks to David Frame, who furnished records of the Walker family and made it possible to link Samuel to his father, William.

For further information and records of all Confederate soldiers of Montgomery County, Texas, as well as histories of the regiments they served in, see Montgomery County, Texas, CSA by Frank M. Johnson. The book may be purchased by visiting Frank's website at frankmjohnson.net or by contacting Frank at fjohnson@wt.net.



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