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T.M. Walker

T.M. Walker

Federal (USV)

Major

Thomas McCormick Walker

(1834 - 1910)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Education: Princeton University

Command Billet: Commanding Regiment

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 111th Pennsylvania Infantry

 

see his Battle Report

Before Antietam

After graduating from college he worked constructing railroads in Missouri and Illinois. He returned to Erie, PA before the War and helped raise the regiment which became the 111th Pennsylvania Infantry. He was commissioned its Major on 23 December 1861. His Colonel and Lt Colonel both absent sick, he led the Regiment at Cedar Mountain (9 August 1862).

On the Campaign

He was still in command at Antietam, where he was wounded.

The rest of the War

He was promoted to Lieutenenant-Colonel shortly after the battle (7 November), and was in command of the regiment at Gettysburg (July 1863). He was again wounded in action near Chatanooga, TN, in October 1863, but returned to lead the Regiment in November in the assault on Lookout Mountain. On 2 September 1864 he led the first Federal troops into Atlanta.

He was appointed Colonel of the 111th on 23 April 1865. He was honored by brevet to Brigadier General of Volunteers on 5 July 1865 for "meritorious service" and he mustered out 19 July 1865.

After the War

He was in business in Erie, and was elected Erie County Sheriff in 1870. He was Postmaster 1876-79 and was farming in North Dakota by 1896.

References & notes

Service from Heitman1 and Bates.2 Personal details from the McCormick Family Record and Biography (1896). His gravesite is on Findagrave. His picture here from a photograph in Boyle.3

Birth

02/04/1834; Butler County, PA

Death

04/10/1910; burial in Erie Cemetery, Erie, PA

Notes

1   Heitman, Francis Bernard, Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army 1789-1903, 2 volumes, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1903, Vol. 1, pg. 997  [AotW citation 21662]

2   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871  [AotW citation 21663]

3   Boyle, John Richards, Soldiers True; the Story of the One Hundred and Eleventh Regiment Pennsylvania Veteran Volunteers ..., New York: The Regimental Association; Eaton & Mains, printer, 1903, pg. 35  [AotW citation 21664]