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DeKalb County Historical Markers

Death of Gen. Walker


  • Source: David Seibert
  • Marker: Death of Gen. Walker
  • Location: Glenwood Ave. at Wilkinson Dr. (at I-20 interchange) in Atlanta

DEATH OF GEN. WALKER

July 22, 1864. Maj. Gen. W.H.T. Walker, commanding a div. of Hardee’s A.C., [CSA] while directing his troops toward the battlefield, reached a close proximity to this spot at noon where, pausing to reconnoitre the area, he was shot from horse by a Federal picket.

Gen. Walker was succeeded by Gen. Hugh Mercer, who deployed the div. in Sugar Cr. valley just W. of this marker. Bate’s div. advanced on this side of the creek. The northward movement of these troops, far from being a rear attack on the Federals, as contemplated, struck 2 divs. of the Federal 16th A.C. which happened to be in their front (at Clay St. & Memorial Dr.).

044-51 GEORGIA HISTORICAL COMMISSION 1956