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This Day in Georgia History

November 26, 1816

William Henry Talbot Walker Born

U.S. and Confederate military officer William Henry Talbot Walker was born in Augusta, Georgia. After graduating from West Point in 1837, Walker served in the Seminole War and Mexican War. Subsequently, he was commandant of cadets at West Point. In December 1860, Walker resigned from the U.S. Army and returned to Georgia. First serving as major general in the Georgia state volunteers in April 1861, he was appointed as a brigadier general in the Confederate Army in May 1861. Walker resigned his commission in Oct. 1861 to hold the post of major general of Georgia State Troops (March 1863). In May 1863, he returned as a brigadier general in the Confederate Army (May 1863 commanding Walker’s Brigade in the Vicksburg campaign. After the fall of Vicksburg, Walker commanded the reserve corps at Chickamauga. During Sherman’s Atlanta Campaign, Walker commanded a division of Hardee’s Corps, dying in the Battle of Atlanta on July 22, 1864. A memorial consisting of a verical cannon barrel was erected in Atlanta to mark the site of Walker’s death.