American Civil War Veteran, Lawyer, Railroad Executive. He graduated from Middlebury College in 1862 and was commissioned a First Lieutenant in the 11th Vermont Infantry Regiment. Walker received brevets for bravery at Opiquan, Fisher's Hill and Cedar Creek, attained the permanent rank of Lieutenant Colonel, and mustered out in June, 1865. In 1869 he published "The Vermont Brigade in the Shenandoah Valley", still used as a primary reference on the Civil War in northwestern Virginia. Walker studied law at Columbia University and with Senator George Edmunds and in 1867 began a practice in New York City. In 1873 he returned to Rutland to practice and became active in railroads. A Republican, he was a Vermont State Senator from 1882 to 1883. From 1884 to 1885 he served as President of the Vermont Bar Association. In 1887 he was named an original member of the Interstate Commerce Commission, serving until resigning in 1889 to become President of a railroad trade association in Chicago. In 1894 he was appointed President of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad. In 1896 he relocated to New York City as Chairman of the Board, serving until his death. Walker wrote numerous magazine articles and gave frequent speeches on the Civil War. He served as President of the Reunion Society of Vermont Officers in 1886. He was also a leader of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, serving as Commander of the Illinois chapter from 1895 to 1896. In 2002 his Civil War letters were published as "Quite Ready to be Sent Somewhere: The Civil War Letters of Aldace Walker".
Lt. Col., 11th VT Inf. U.S. Vols.
An upright lawyer and legislator, a faithful soldier and public officer, an able administrator of important railway interests.
Somewhere, surely afar,
In the sounding labor-house vast
Of being, is practiced that strength,
Zealous, beneficent, firm!
Katharine Shaw Walker
1848–1932 (m. 1871)
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