{⋆★⋆} BG Walker, Lucius Marshall

Lucius Marshall Walker

Brig. General Lucius M. Walker.jpg

Born: October 18, 1829

Birthplace: Columbia, Tennessee

Father: James Walker 1792 – 1864
(Buried: Greenwood Cemetery, Columbia, Tennessee)​

Mother: Jane Maria Polk 1798 – 1876

Wife: Cecile Garth Walker Stockton 1836 – 1915
(Buried: Maplewood Cemetery, Charlottesville, Virginia)​


Lucius Marshall Walker Jr. 1863 – 1933​
(Buried: Olivet Presbyterian Church, Owensville, Virginia)​


1850: Graduated from West Point Military Academy (15th in class)​

Occupation before War:

1850 – 1851: Brevet 2nd Lt. United States Army, Dragoons​
1850: Attended Cavalry School of Practice at Carlisle, Pennsylvania​
1850 – 1851: Conductor of Recruits in Texas​
1851 – 1852: 2nd Lt. United States Army, 2nd Dragoons Regiment​
1851: Frontier Duty at Fort Martin Scott, Texas​
1851: Scout for the United States Army​
1851: Frontier Duty at Fort Mason, Texas​
1852: Resigned from United States Army on March 31st
1852 – 1861: Mercantile Businessman in Tennessee​

Civil War Career:

1861 – 1862: Colonel of 40th Tennessee Infantry Regiment​
1862: Participated in the Battle of Island No. 10​
1862 – 1863: Brigadier General of Confederate Army Infantry​
1862: Captured at Island No. 10 and Exchanged​
1862: Brigade Commander during the Battle of Farmington​
1863: Cavalry Brigade Commander Battle of Helena, Arkansas​
1863: Cavalry Brigade Commander Battle of Bayou Meyo, Arkansas​
1863: Wounded in a duel with Brig. General John S. Marmaduke​

Died: September 7, 1863

Place of Death: Little Rock, Arkansas

Age at time of Death: 33 years old

Cause of Death: Mortally Wounded in duel

Buried at Elmwood Cemetery on: February 19, 1866

Burial Place: Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis, Tennessee
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Sep 15, 2018
South Texas
That duel with Marmaduke happened on September 6, 1863, Walker lingered for a day and died on the 7th. Marmaduke had questioned Walker's courage and duel occurred. Other than the "questioning of courage" I really don't have any details, anyone got any?


Sep 15, 2018
South Texas
His first unit was designated a Tennessee unit but it was composed of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, and Kentucky companies, so to lessen confusion the War Department changed it's name to the 5th Confederate. I'm assuming this was the 40th Tennessee.


Jun 27, 2017
Southeast Missouri
John Sappington Marmaduke and Lucius Marshall Walker were brigadier generals in the Confederate Army in the Trans-Mississippi. Marmaduke was the son of an ex-governor of Missouri. Walker was the nephew of President Polk. A disagreement arose between the two in the summer of 1863 over military actions at Helena and Little Rock, where Walker failed to carry out operations as planned and exposed Marmaduke and his command to enemy troops. At Reed’s Bridge, Marmaduke attempted to meet with Walker to discuss the events, but Walker did not want to leave his post. Marmaduke then requested removal from Walker’s cavalry and stated that if denied, he would retire from action altogether. General General Price granted the transfer, after rumors reached Walker about Marmaduke’s questioning of his courage, Walker began a letter exchange asking for an explanation. 1

The letter carriers were Marmaduke’s friend Captain John C. Moore and Walker’s friend Colonel Robert H. Crockett. In mid-exchange, these men decided to take things into their own hands. Crockett challenged Marmaduke on Walker’s behalf without consulting Walker, and Moore accepted the challenge on behalf of Marmaduke. The men got together to decide the terms of the duel, without the intended participants present, and scheduled the fight. After word reached him, Gen. Price attempted to thwart the fight by ordering each man to stay at his post, but Walker did not receive the order, and Marmaduke ignored it.

On Sept. 6, 1863, Marmaduke met Walker at the Godfrey LeFevre plantation seven miles from Little Rock to settle their differences, neither spoke of the series of letters and subsequent events that had led them to the field. Moore served as Marmaduke’s second, while Crockett served as Walker’s. Advising friends were Captain William M. Price for Marmaduke and Major John C. King for Walker. Walker brought a surgeon, while Marmaduke brought his party and an ambulance. At fifteen paces, they shot with no results. On the second shot, Marmaduke fatally wounded Walker, immediately rushing to his side to ask if he was harmed. He allowed Walker use of his ambulance, and Walker died the next day in Little Rock. 2

1. Duels Over Nothing
2. Marmaduke - Walker Duel