His name was Lewis Davis, but he was known by his nickname "Luke." Luke was the son of John Davis and Phamariah "Fanny" Farris Davis Wall. Luke's father died when he was very young, and afterwards his mother married, Drury W. Wall, Sr. Luke was raised by his mother and step-father. His full siblings included Rebecca J. Davis, Enoch H. Davis, and Elmira M. Davis King. William A. Davis and John H. Davis are two other "possible" siblings. Luke had one half-brother, Drury W. Wall, Jr. and several step-siblings including Mary Jane Wall Farley, Joseph Wall, Henry W. Wall, William Madison "Matt" Wall, and Joel Wall. Y-DNA has confirmed that Luke was a direct male descendant of the famous Niall of the Nine Hostages, High King of Ireland.
During the Civil War, Luke enlisted in the Confederate States Army on May 14, 1862, and he served in Company "G" of the 2nd Kentucky Regiment (Colonel Basil Wilson Duke's Regiment), under Capt. McFarland, of Morgan's Cavalry, commanded by Brigadier General, John Hunt Morgan, C.S.A. Luke was one of 2,462 men handpicked by General Morgan who participated in the Great Raid of 1863 which operated in conjunction with the twin Confederate operations of Vicksburg and Gettysburg. They were notoriously known as "Morgan's Raiders." He may have also participated in numerous other raids, battles and/or skirmishes as his government issued horse was killed in service on Sep. 15, 1862. Although this was a Kentucky regiment, 64 of its members were recruited in Blountsville, AL. The unit was active in Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio.
According to POW records, Luke was forced to surrender at the Battle of Buffington Island on July 19, 1863. He was first sent to Camp Morton in Indianapolis, Indiana being received on July 23, 1863 where he was held as a POW. On Aug. 18, 1863 he was then forwarded to Camp Douglas located near Chicago, Illinois near the shores of Lake Michigan being received on Aug 22, 1863 where he was then held for 18 months. On Feb. 13, 1865 he was transferred to Point Lookout Prisioner of War Camp in St. Mary's County, Maryland located on the peninsula formed by the confluence of the Chesapeake Bay and the Potomac River. He was finally released at the close of the war in about June 1865 and returned home to his family in Blount County, Alabama, living out the remainder of his life working as a farmer.
On July 10, 1860, Luke married Mary Hayden Culwell Davis (1842-1932) who is buried at High Rock Cemetery. Their children were as follows:
1. William Harden "Tinker" Davis (1861-1949), married Rhoda Penelope Ratliff.
2. General Joseph "Lukie" Davis (1862-1919), married (1) Talitha Curl Davis and (2) Martha Thomas Speight Davis
3. John R. Davis (Abt. 1867 - Aft. 1870), Infant death.
4. Lettie Davis (Abt. 1868 - Sep 1870), Infant death.
5. Susan "Susie" Davis (1871-1956), never married.
6. Leathie Anne Davis (1873-1965), never married.
7. Mary "Maggie" Davis Johnson (1878-1916), married Epps Johnson.
Mary Hayden Culwell Davis
1842–1932 (m. 1860)
Drury W. Wall