John Byne Walker
A cotton growing magnate, John Byne Walker was one of the wealthiest men in Morgan County at the time of the Civil War, owning over 200 slaves and some 4000 acres In Morgan County, Georgia and 6000 in Wharton County, Texas to which he traveled yearly between 1846 and 1862. One of the original backers of the Georgia Railroad, he was the city's leading benefactor of the Baptist Church, donating among other things all the brick to the construction of the Madison Baptist Church (1858). Walker brick were also used in the construction of the train depot (1840) and the Presbyterian Church 1842), and the Baptist College (1849)F renamed the Georgia female College.
The War Years
All of Walkers' sons joined the Panola Guards, and one was mortally wounded at the Battle of Gettysburg. Because of Mr. Walker's strong ties to Texas, throughout the war they opened up their home to wounded soldiers of the Texas Rangers. After the battle of Chickamauga in 1863, the house became a makeshift hospital for the better part of the year, with up to 20 Rangers at a time being cared for. The chaplain and the Texas war correspondent, Reverend Robert F Bunting, who visited there a number of times, made their home the Texas Depot for mail, where all letters from Texas family were sent for forwarding to the regiment. Walker was ruined by the war and died a pauper.
From "Bonar Hall" Wikipedia
"Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord."
Eliza Saffold Fannin Walker
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