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Confederate (CSV)


Walter Newton Duke

(1840 - 1922)

Home State: Alabama

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 5th Alabama Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

In 1860 he was a 20 year old overseer at Burnt Corn in Monroe County, AL. He enlisted as a Private in Company D (later renamed C), 5th Alabama Infantry on 15 March 1861 at Pineville, AL.

On the Campaign

He was captured in action near Turner's Gap on South Mountain on 14 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was held at Fort Delaware until paroled on 2 October, then sent to Aiken's Landing, VA for exchange. He was declared exchanged to return to duty on 10 November 1862. He was captured again, at Gettysburg, PA on 4 July 1863, and returned to Fort Delaware. He was transferred to Point Lookout, MD on 22 October 1863, and finally exchanged on 18 February 1865.

After the War

By 1880 and to at least 1920, then 80 years old, he was a farmer in Shelby County, TX.

References & notes

His service from his Compiled Service Records,1 online from fold3; thanks to Miles Krisman for the pointer to him. Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860, 1880-1920. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Bonita Jane Knowles (1837-1875) in May 1865 and they had 4 children. He married again, Martha Jane "Mattie" Byrd (1848-1925) in February 1875, and they had 10 more.


01/13/1840; Wilcox County, AL


12/16/1922; Tenaha, TX; burial in Ramah Cemetery, Tenaha, TX


1   US War Department, Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, Record Group No. 109 (War Department Collection of Confederate Records), Washington DC: US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), 1903-1927  [AotW citation 28018]