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  • ID: I17821
  • Name: William Clay Walker
  • Given Name: William Clay
  • Surname: Walker
  • Prefix: Lt. Colonel
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 4 Aug 1820 in , Anderson, Tennessee, USA
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  • _TAG4: YES 1
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  • Death: 3 Jan 1864 in , Cherokee, North Carolina, USA of Murdered
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  • _TAG4: YES 4
  • Event: Civil War for the Confederacy Military Service , , North Carolina, USA
  • Note:
    http://www.cherokeehistory.com/thomasle.html
    By the summer of 1862, William H. Thomas (a state legislato r from Jackson Co, NC) had raised a regiment of five compan ies; three white and twoCherokee.
    In addition, he formed a new battalion of twowhite companie s commanded by Captain William C. Walker. The people of thi s mountainous area were sometimes referred to as "highlande rs" and as such, the local citizenry began to refer to Thom as' units as the "Highland Rangers".
    On September 27th, 1862 Thomas was elected Colonel of a no w designated regiment of mounted volunteers known officiall y as the "1st Regiment, Thomas Legion".
    The other unit of "the Legion", William C. Walker's battali on held elections on Oct. 1st, 1862 and now comprised seve n (7) white companies; three (3) of cavalry and four (4) o f infantry in all, approximately seven hundred (700) men. I n April of 1863 another company of infantry, one company o f "miners and sappers" and a unit of artillery, known as "L evi's Light Battery" was added to Walker's battalion.
    In late 1862, Confederate authorities ordered the three (3 ) cavalry companies of Walker's battalion to join two othe r Confederate regiments.
    On September 8th, 1863, Jackson sent Walker's battalion wit h approximately two hundred (200) cavalry of the 1st regime nt under Major Stringfield in the direction of Telford's St ation. Their they ran into the 100th Ohio Regiment commande d by a Colonel Hayes. The union regiment was outnumbered an d after a short skirmish withdrew to a "blockhouse" at Lime stone Station for protection. After a quick review of the s ituation, Stringfield attacked the blockhouse. The fightin g was heavy and the advancing Confederates met "a shower o f Minie balls." The Federals realizing their hopeless situa tion surrendered. The three hundred and fourteen (314) pris oners were immediately placed in boxcars and sent to Richmo nd.
  • _UID: D59DEC81A20742288B3A492626807080BCB3



    Father: Robert K. Walker b: 1795 in , , Ohio, USA
    Mother: Mary H Cole b: 20 Dec 1800 in Indian Lands, , North Carolina

    Marriage 1 Elmira Mary Taylor b: 13 Dec 1818 in , Blount, Tennessee, USA
    • Married: 7 Feb 1841
    • Change Date: 5 Mar 2012
    Children
    1. Has No Children Josephine Walker b: Abt 1844 in , Cherokee, North Carolina, USA
    2. Has No Children America M Walker b: Abt 1845 in , , North Carolina, USA
    3. Has Children Columbus F Walker b: 19 Dec 1844 in , Cherokee, North Carolina, USA
    4. Has No Children Mary N Walker b: Abt 1847 in , , North Carolina, USA
    5. Has No Children William C Walker b: Abt 1849 in , Cherokee, North Carolina, USA
    6. Has No Children Augusta Walker b: Abt 1851 in , Cherokee, North Carolina, USA
    7. Has Children Monroe Walker b: Abt 1856 in , Cherokee, North Carolina, USA
    8. Has No Children James Walker b: Abt 1858 in , Cherokee, North Carolina, USA
    9. Has No Children Ellen Walker b: Abt 1861 in , Cherokee, North Carolina, USA

    Sources:
    1. Media: Web Site
      Abbrev: Walker-Pass Homepage
      Title: Ancestors of Douglas John PASS
      Author: Pass, Douglas J.
      Page: http://www.familyorigins.com/users/p/a/s/Douglas-J-Pass/FAM O5-0001/d238.htm#P601
      Quality: 3
      Date: 9 Mar 2003
      Text: William Clay WALKER was born on Aug 4 1820 in Ohio. He die d on Jan 3 1864 in Cherokee County, North Carolina. Willia m was a colonel in the Confederate army and was murdered a t his home...
    2. Media: Census/Tax
      Abbrev: 1850 U. S. Census
      Title: Sixth U. S. Census: 1850
      Author: United States Federal Court: U. S. Marshal
      Publication: M432, 1009 Rolls
      National Archives and Records Administration
      Washington, D.C.
      Government Printing Office, 1908
      Note:
      The official enumeration day of the 1850 census was 1 Jun e 1850. All questions asked were supposed to refer to tha t date.
      Repository:
        Name: U.S. National Archives and Records Administration-Pacific Alaska Region
        6125 Sand Point Way NE
        Seattle, Washington 98115-7999 USA
        Note:
        Monday through Friday, 7:45 A.M. to 4:15 P.M.; Tuesdaysunti l 8:00 P.M. (Microfilm research only); First Saturdayeach m onth, 9 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. (Microfilm research only);Close d weekends, except first Saturday each month, andFederal ho lidays.

      Page: NARA Roll: M432_625; p. 31
      Quality: 2
      Date: 10 Sep 2005
      Text: Cherokee County, North Carolina
      1 June 1850

      Dwelling #405
      William C. WALKER, age 30; Farmer; b. Tennessee
      Elmira, age 29; b. Tennessee
      Josephine, age 6; b. North Carolina
      America M, (f) age 5; b. North Carolina
      Columbus, age 4; b. North Carolina
      Mary N, age 3; b. North Carolina
      William C, age 1; b. North Carolina
      Jemsy? MONTGOMERY (f), age 23; b. North Carolina

      Dwelling #406
      Andrew J. BIGBY, age 33; Farmer; b. Tennessee

      Dwelling #407
      Mary WALKER, age 49; b. North Carolina
      Nancy E, age 14; b. North Carolina
      Lafayette, age 11; b. North Carolina
      Caroline, age 9; b. North Carolina
      Jesse COLE, age 73; b. North Carolina
    3. Media: Census/Tax
      Abbrev: 1860 U. S. Census
      Title: Seventh U. S. Census: 1860
      Author: United States Federal Court: U. S. Marshal
      Publication: M653, 1438 Rolls
      National Archives and Records Administration
      Washington, D.C.
      Government Printing Office, 1908
      Repository:
        Name: U.S. National Archives and Records Administration-Pacific Alaska Region
        6125 Sand Point Way NE
        Seattle, Washington 98115-7999 USA
        Note:
        Monday through Friday, 7:45 A.M. to 4:15 P.M.; Tuesdaysunti l 8:00 P.M. (Microfilm research only); First Saturdayeach m onth, 9 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. (Microfilm research only);Close d weekends, except first Saturday each month, andFederal ho lidays.

      Page: NARA Roll: M653_892; p. 211A
      Quality: 2
      Date: 10 Sep 2005
      Text: Hot Haus, Cherokee, North Carolina (Wolf Creek PO)
      20 July 1860

      Dwelling #588
      William C. WALKER, age 39; Merchant; b. Anderson Co, Tennes see
      Elmira, age 41; b. Blunte Co, Tennessee
      Josephine, age 18; b. Cherokee Co, Tennessee
      Columbus, age 15; b. Cherokee Co, Tennessee
      William, age 11; b. Cherokee Co, Tennessee
      Augusta, age 9; b. Cherokee Co, Tennessee
      Monroe, age 4; b. Cherokee Co, Tennessee
      James, age 2; b. Cherokee Co, Tennessee
    4. Media: Book
      Abbrev: Storm in the Mountains
      Title: Storm in the Mountains: Thomas' Confederate Legion of Chero kee Indians and Mountaineers
      Author: Crow, Vernon H.
      Page: pp. 55-56
      Quality: 4
      Date: 9 Mar 2003
      Text: CHAPTER VI
      "Why Cannot We Unite?"

      A pitch black night and a bitter cold wind greeted the ride rs but slowly the squad trotted forward, ducking branches , crossing streams and listening to the sounds of night i n Cherokee County. After what must have seemed like hours , the small party of horsemen reached a clearing and the ho me of one of the county's leading citizens. Inside Lieutena nt Colonel William C. Walker and his family lay sleeping.

      While collecting absentees in Cherokee, Walker was struck d own by his recurring illness. Placing Liertenant Robert Aki n in charge, he went home, which was four miles from camp . Shortly after his son, Columbus, arrived sick with Typhoi d fever. The younger Walker, a Sergeant in the Battalion, h ad spent several weeks in and out of hospitals in Virginia . He was finally furloughed home for a rest. Both he and hi s father were anxious to return to the command in East Tenn essee. "When I get so I can ride", William told his son, "a nd you get stout enough we will get up what men we can an d get out of here."

      The Walker family was not awakened by the horsemen immediat ely. One man dismounted and approached the house, banging o n the door. Such a nighttime disturbance was not unusual fo r Mrs. Walker. Her husband was the ranking Confederate offi cer in the county and there were several hundred men from t he Legion scattered throughout its boundaries. When she ope ned the door, however, Mrs. Walker knew instantly that thes e men were not 'Walker's boys'. She recognized at least on e uniform even in the blackness. The intruders demanded t o see Colonel Walker.

      The elder Walker arose from his sickbed and went to the ope n doorway but before another word passed between the partie s the stranger drew a pistol, firing point blank at Walker . The colonel collapsed into the arms of his wife. Columbus , who came to the door at the sound of the shot, was ordere d to get dressed. Not knowing whether his father was aliv e Columbus was forced to ride with the attackers who were U . S. soldiers in connection with a gang of "bushwhackers an d thieves." The young sergeant, still weak from the fever , was taxed beyond endurance. Eight miles from his home h e looked as though he was about to die and was turned loose . Fighting the elements and illness, Walker returned home . He found his father dead and his mother in a state of sho ck. On that awful night - January 3, 1864 - it became Colum bus' sorrowful task to bury his own father.

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