BUST VIEW CDV OF GENERAL HENRY H. WALKER IN UNIFORM BY A RICHMOND PHOTOGRAPHER

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Image shows Walker in left profile in the uniform of a Confederate general.

Clarity is good but the contrast is light. Paper and mount are very good.

Reverse has photographer’s imprint for VANNERSON & JONES… RICHMOND, VA. Reverse also has a canceled orange 2-cent stamp along with an ink stamping that reads “C. M. VANORSDELL, PHOTOGRAPHER AND STOCK DEALER, WILMINGTON, N.C.” There is also a period pencil ID of “WALKER” at top. Bottom of reverse has ID and collector information in modern pencil.

From the collection of the late William A. Turner.

Henry Harrison Walker was born October 15, 1832 at “Elmwood” in Sussex County, Virginia. He was appointed to the United States military academy in 1849, and was graduated in 1853 with the brevet of second lieutenant of infantry.

His service with the United States army was rendered at Newport, Ky., and then until 1855 in New Mexico. He became second lieutenant, 6th U. S. Infantry, in 1855, and first lieutenant in 1857, and in the latter year was appointed aide-de-camp to Governor Walker of Kansas.

After assisting in quelling the disturbances in Kansas, he served upon the staff of General Clarke, at San Francisco, three years.

The secession of Virginia called him from frontier duty at Fort Churchill, Nev., to offer his services to his native State.  He received a commission as captain of infantry in the regular army of the Confederate States.

Subsequently he was promoted lieutenant-colonel of the 40th Virginia infantry, Field's brigade.  At Gaines' Mill he was twice wounded, and was mentioned by General Field as "a gallant and meritorious officer, " and by Gen. A. P. Hill as one of those deserving especial mention for conspicuous gallantry.

In July, 1863, after having been in charge of a convalescent camp, he was promoted brigadier-general and assigned to the command of his old brigade, which had meanwhile been under the leadership for some time of Gen. Henry Heth and Colonel Brockenbrough.

Walker served creditably as a brigade commander in the battles of Bristoe Station and Mine Run, in the latter affair his brigade being the first infantry to meet the enemy and check his advance.  In December he was ordered to the Shenandoah valley to reinforce Early, and was recalled from that region in March, 1864, to the main army.

He did good and brave service through the bloody battles of the Wilderness and Spotsylvania Court House, until severely wounded on May 10, 1864.  On November 10th he was assigned to duty as a member of the general court-martial of the department of Richmond, and his brigade, much reduced, was consolidated with Archer's.

After the Civil War, Walker moved to New Jersey and became a stockbroker. Henry Harrison Walker died at Morristown, New Jersey on March 22, 1912. He is buried in Evergreen Cemetery at Morristown.  [ad] [ph:L]

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