(1835 - 1902)
Home State: South Carolina
Command Billet: Brigade Commander
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: Jenkins' Brigade
see his Battle Report
A few months before the outbreak of the civil war the Spartan Rifles was organized at Spartanburg, composed as it was of the very best material which could be brought together in that town and surrounding country. To the command of this gallant company, numbering at first nearly one hundred men, Joseph Walker was elected captain.
Upon the reorganization of the 5th Regiment , S.C.V. (Colonel Micah Jenkins), the Spartan Rifles formed a part of the same, being known as Company K. Colonel Walker commanded this company for one year, which was the term for which the company had enlisted. In April, 1862, upon the reorganization of the South Carolina troops, in Virginia, he was elected lieutenant-colonel of the Palmetto Sharpshooters.
After the War
Colonel Walker and his regiment surrendered with Lee at Appomattox, and on his return to Spartanburg he engaged in business as a merchant until 1875; then was in the cotton and fertilizer trade until 1889, when he took part in the reorganization of the Merchants and Farmers Bank, and served as president of the same. For ten years or more after the war he was the mayor of the city of Spartanburg.
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Source: bio sketch from J.B.O. Landrum, History of Spartanburg County, 1900; online at TxNetwork Genealogy. His photograph from an ambrotype in the Liljenquist Family Collection in the Library of Congress; thanks to Alphonso Laporte for the pointer to it.
5/18/1835; Spartanburg, SC
1/27/1902; Spartanburg, SC; burial in Oakwood Cemetery, Spartanburg, SC