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WALKER, William H. T., soldier, born in Georgia in October, 1816; died near Decatur, Georgia, 26 July, 1864. He was graduated at the United States military academy in 1837, served in the Florida war, was wounded three times at the battle of Okeechobee, 25 December, 1837, and was brevetted 1st lieutenant for services in that action. He resigned from the army in 1838, was reappointed in 1840 as 1st lieutenant of infantry, served in the Florida war of 1840-'2, and became captain in 1845. During the Mexican war he participated in all the important battles, and was brevetted major in the United States army for gallant conduct at Contreras and Churubusco, and lieutenant-colonel for Molino del Rey, where he was severely wounded. He was on recruiting service in 1849-'52, became deputy governor of the East Pascagoula branch military asylum in the latter year, and in 1854-'6 was commandant of cadets, and instructor in military tactics at the United States military academy. He became major in 1855, served on the frontier, and in 1860 resigned. He entered the Confederate army in 1861, became a major-general, served principally in the west, and was killed at the battle of Decatur.
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