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C. Walker

C. Walker

Federal (USV)


Charles Walker

(c. 1835 - 1907)

Home State: Maine

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 10th Maine Infantry

Before Antietam

26 years old, from Portland, he was commissioned Captain, Company B, First Maine Infantry 3 May 1861 for 3 months' service, and mustered out with them in August. He was commissioned Lieutenant Colonel of the Regiment 4 October 1861 (to date from 28 September) as it re-formed for further service and became the 10th Maine Infantry.

On the Campaign

On the 17th at Antietam:

... before we had fired two rounds our Colonel and Lieut Colonel were hors du combat. The command then devolved upon Major Walker who had been sick a month, but who still kept along with us hoping against hope and reason that he might improve. It is no slur upon our good Major to say that we were now sadly disabled for a change of commanders is almost always attended with confusion and misfortune.

The rest of the War

His health did not improve, and he went home on leave that winter. He resigned his commission 26 January 1863.

After the War

He was still not well as late as 1871.

References & notes

His service the Maine Adjutant General. 1 Details and the quote above from Gould's History,2, source also of his photograph. His gravesite is on Findagrave.


c. 1835


01/25/1907; burial in Evergreen Cemetery, Portland, ME


1   State of Maine, Adjutant General's Office, and John L. Hodsdon, AG, Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Maine for the Year ending December 31, 1862, Augusta: Stevens and Sayward, Printers to the State, 1863, pg. 263  [AotW citation 17404]

2   Gould, John Mead, History of the First - Tenth - Twenty-ninth Maine regiment, Portland: Stephen Berry, 1871, pp. 90, 240  [AotW citation 17405]