William Walker was born in 1816 in South Carolina. His family probably migrated from Abbeville or Edgefield District, South Carolina, to the area of eastern Lowndes County, Alabama, before 1820. He is said to be the son of John Newstep Walker and Sarah Cason.
On August 25, 1839, he married Mary E. Howerton in Lowndes County. The marriage was performed by David Lee, Minister of the Gospel, and is recorded in Book 1, page 289. Mary was born in Alabama in about 1825. Some sources give her parents as Joel and Sarah Howerton.
The couple resided near Haneville, Alabama, until late 1859, when they moved to Montgomery County, Texas. Some of their children later settled on the old Willis-Montgomery Road in later years, and some lived in the vicinity of Cude Cemetery.
Even though he was over age, William enlisted in Second Texas Lancers in March, 1862. We can assume he was a highly motivated Southerner.
William Walker's son, Samuel T. Walker, also enlisted in the Lancers, and they appear to be the only father-son team in Company B. After the war, William's daughter, Sarah, married William Alexander Cheatham, thus becoming a cousin-by-marriage of Thomas D. Golding, Henry R. Golding, and Martha Irene Foshee, wife of Tim Cude.
William was enrolled at Danville by John E. George. He was forty-six years old. He gave the value of his horse as $165.00, his equipment as $30.00. He had to ride fifty miles to the place of rendezvous, which was Camp Carter at Hempstead.
He mustered in at Camp Carter on April 28th. There, he trained as a cavalryman. His company of Lancers became Company B, 24th Regiment, Texas Cavalry, upon reaching Arkansas and being accepted into the Confederate States Army.
William was counted present on the muster rolls of August and October of 1862, showing that he rode his horse to Arkansas with the other men of the regiment. The men were dismounted in Arkansas and were forced to serve as infantry. They were attached to Garland's Brigade and were ordered to Ft. Hindman at Arkansas Post.
At Ft. Hindman they were engaged in building cabins for the winter and in digging rifle pits to prepare for a possible Union attack.
There was much illness in the fall at Arkansas Post, and several epidemics affected the soldiers. In a letter to his wife, Pvt. Peter Irvine stated that there were fifteen members of Company B who were hospitalized in the latter part of November. There were six deaths in the company due to illness.
However, hospital records from Arkansas Post have not survived. They were probably lost in the Battle of Arkansas Post. Also lost in that battle was all the paper work of the officers.
Therefore, it was not until the muster roll taken after the Confederate prisoners were paroled in April of 1863 that William Walkerís death was recorded.
The record shows that he died at Arkansas Post on November 11, 1862.
For us, this cross at Arkansas Post National Memorial symbolizes the six men from Danville who died of illness while serving at Ft. Hindman and the five who died at the Battle of Arkansas Post.
Thanks to Karen Lucas Lawless for this photo.
Although hundreds of men died of illness and disease, the Arkansas Post Confederate cemetery has never been found.
Read Ranger Eric Leonardís answers to questions about the burial places of soldiers who died of illness at Arkansas Post.
Goldings and Cheathams, Post-Civil War
Contributed by David Frame
This biography was compiled from the personal records of Walker descendant David Frame, from census records and from the Compiled Service Records, housed in the National Archives and accessed on microfilm at the Confederate Research Center at Hillsboro, Texas and later on Fold3. Also consulted were Ancestry Public Trees and Genweb records for Lowndes Co., Ala.
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 email@example.com.
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