|Birth: ||Oct. 12, 1827|
|Death: ||Jun. 2, 1862|
The son of David and Amanda Norvell Walker. His father was a Scottish immigrant of the Brook Hill Stewarts. John was educated at Washington College and Harvard. His twenty-first birthday extravaganza at Harvard was so costly, that when his Uncle-guardian received the bill, he pulled John from school and brought him home. John was employed in the family tobacco business, married his second cousin, Lucy, and bought a place in Richmond. He developed his own brand of tobacco, the award winning Queen Bee.
The Virginia Life Guard was organized in the City of Richmond in January of 1861. On May 14, 1861 it became Company B of the 15th Virginia Infantry under then Captain, John Stewart Walker. At the Battle of Malvern Hill, Colonel Thomas August, was severely wounded. The command of the Regiment was assumed by Major Walker. He led the command in an advance against "murderous and withering fire of grape, canister musket balls." It decimated the ranks. Pinned to ground, with light fading, Major Walker stood and commanded "Forward charge!" He was immediately struck down and dragged back into a little creek. He soon died in the arms of his brother.
Created by: George Seitz
Record added: Sep 22, 2007
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