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Samuel C Walker was born 27 Sep 1842 in Winchester, Virginia. At the age of eighteen years his studies were interrupted by the outbreak of the war between the states, and he enlisted as a private in Company E, Twelfth Regiment, West Virginia Volunteer Infantry, with which he served until the close of the war, receiving an honorable discharge in July, 1865, at Wheeling West Virginia with the rank of a lieutenant major [Note: records say sergeant]. He had a noteworthy military record, having participated in all the battles, skirmishes and campaigns in which his regiment had a part, including the first battle of Winchester, Lynchburg, Cedar Creek, Opequon, Gettysburg and then, on July 6 1864, was ordered back from Shenandoah Valley to rejoin the Army of the Potomac, with which army he took part in the battle of Hatcher’s Run. It was there that General Grant ordered General Sheridan to drive General Lee back, thus preventing him from getting supplies. Sheridan drove the Confederates back to Petersburg, thence to Richmond and on to Appomattox Court House, where Lee surrendered on April 9, 1865.

Samuel married Emma D. Pickens on 21 May 1877 in Barbour County, West Virginia. Their two children were Anna W. Walker (1878–1964) and James P. Walker (1883– )

He was a US Immigration Inspector - Havre Ward 1, Chouteau, Montana 1906-1920.

The death of Samuel C. Walker occurred 13 Nov 1923 in Hill, Havre County, Montana.

SERVICE RECORD: Sept 1862 (12th Va. Inf) was detached for duty in Q. M. Dept Clarksburg. - Oct 1862, absent on detached service at Buckhannon. - Jany 1864, Absent on furlough 10 days from Jan 28. - July 1864, absent without leave since July 18. - Aug & Sept 1864, absent without leave. - Jany to May 1865, absent detached in Div. Ambulance Corps Jan 25/65 order Genl. Harris.

Company Descriptive Book - age 19; 5 feet 7 1/2 inches; fair complexion; grey eyes; auburn hair; born Winchester, Va.; occupation, Hotel Keeper. Enlisted Aug 11, 1862 for 3 years. Appointed 3 Sergt. Aug 21, 1862; Appt 2nd Sergt Mar 6, 1864.