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This Day in Georgia History

April 13, 1822

William Stephen Walker Born

Confederate general William Stephen Walker was born in Pittsburgh, Penn. He fought in the Mexican War and in 1855 was commissioned a cavalry captain. Walker resigned his U.S. Army commission in 1861 and joined the Confederate cause as a lieutenant. He was promoted to colonel, and then in Oct. 1862 to brigadier general. He had command of South Carolina military district, then a brigade command. He was wounded and captured at Petersburg. Walker died on June 7, 1899, in Atlanta, Georgia and was buried in Oakland Cemetery.