{⋆★⋆} BG Walker, James Alexander

James Alexander Walker

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Born: August 27, 1832

Birthplace: Augusta County, Virginia

Father: James Alexander Walker 1793 – 1865
(Buried: Augusta Stone Presbyterian Church, Fort Defiance, Virginia)​

Mother: Hannah Mary Henton 1798 – 1880
(Buried: Augusta Stone Presbyterian Church, Fort Defiance, Virginia)​

Wife: Sarah Ann Poage 1835 – 1904
(Buried: East End Cemetery, Wytheville, Virginia)​


Margaret Walker Jordan 1859 – 1937​
(Buried: Newborn Cemetery, Dublin, Virginia)​
Willie Brown Walker Caldwell 1860 – 1946​
(Buried: Evergreen Burial Park, Roanoke, Virginia)​
Alexander E. Walker 1863 – 1932​
(Buried: Florence Cemetery, Florence, Alabama)​
Dr. John Frank Walker 1865 – 1890​
(Buried: East End Cemetery, Wytheville, Virginia)​
James R. Walker 1868 – 1890​
(Buried: East End Cemetery, Wytheville, Virginia)​


Attended Virginia Military Institute​
1854 – 1855: Attended University of Virginia​

Occupation before War:

Attorney in Newbern, Pulaski County, Virginia​
Commonwealth Attorney for Pulaski County, Virginia
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Civil War Career:

1861: Captain of Company C, 4th Virginia Infantry Regiment​
1861 – 1862: Lt. Colonel of 13th Virginia Infantry Regiment​
1862: Colonel of 13th Virginia Infantry Regiment​
1862: Acting Brigade Commander during Battle of Antietam, Maryland​
1862 – 1865: Brigadier General of Confederate Army Infantry​
1863: Brigade Commander during the Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania​
1863 – 1864: Commander of Stonewall Brigade​
1864: Wounded during the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House, Virginia​
1865: Division Commander in 2nd Army Corps Army of Northern Virginia​

Occupation after War:

Attorney in Newbern, Virginia​
1871 – 1872: Member of Virginia State House of Delegates​
1872: Granted Honorary Degree from Virginia Military Institute
1878 – 1882: Lt. Governor of Virginia​
1890: Charter Member of the Virginia Bar Association​
1893: Joined the Republican Political Party​
1895 – 1899: United States Congressman from Virginia​

Died: October 20, 1901

Place of Death: Wytheville, Virginia

Age at time of Death: 69 years old

Burial Place: East End Cemetery, Wytheville, Virginia
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Luke Freet

First Sergeant
Forum Host
Nov 8, 2018
Palm Coast, Florida
Walker was a student of Thomas Jackson when he was at VMI, and apparently, the two did not like each other. Despite their relationship there, when Stonewall Jackson was on his deathbed, he specifically named Walker to become the next commander of the Stonewall Brigade, after the death of their previous commander at Chancellorsville. Thus, he led the brigade from Gettysburg and the Fall Campaigns, through the Wilderness to Spotsylvania, where he was badly wounded during the great assault on May 12th. He would eventually return to command, leading a division in the depleted 2nd Corps until the surrender at Appomattox.
He was nicknamed by some "Stonewall Jim", for his leadership of the brigade, probably its best commander after Jackson.