|Birth: ||May 22, 1840|
|Death: ||Jul. 25, 1905|
Canadian frontiersman. Son of Lewis Walsh and Margaret Morrow. Married Mary Elizabeth Mowat April 19,1870. In Early life Walsh tried his hand at many different employments, including Machinist, Railwayman, Store Clerk, Exchange Broker and Hotel Manager. Military School trained, he was drawn to the Militia, where he attained the rank of Major, and finally to the Canadian Northwest Mounted Police, and was offered a NWMP commission in May of 1873. In 1875 Walsh was sent to the Cypress Hills (in present day Saskatchewan) to establish and command a post (Fort Walsh). In early 1877 The Native American Lakota Sioux Chief Sitting Bull fled to western Canada with his five thousand member band after the June 25, 1876 defeat of General George Custer and the 7th Calvary. Responsibility fell to Walsh to handle the situation, which he did with his usual display of courage, compassion, utter and absolute bravery, and an undying committment to keeping every single promise that he made. Walsh became friends with both the Sioux and Sitting Bull and was their main defender, a role that he was ultimately unable to complete due to no fault of his own. He was reassigned by the Canadian government, who desired the return of the Sioux to the United States. At their last meeting, Sitting Bull presented the ornate war bonnet that his own father had made for him, as a gift to his friend James "Long Lance" Walsh. Walsh later journeyed to the Yukon District and became it's first commissioner in 1897, during the height of the Klondike gold rush. He retired in 1898 and returned to Brockville, Ontario where he died in 1905 at age 65. He is buried in the Brockville area, however the exact location is unknown.
Created by: Larry Caplin
Record added: Sep 13, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 41905191