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Confederate (CSV)


Sanford A. Walker

(c.1829 - 1864)

Home State: Alabama

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 5th Alabama Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

In 1860 he was a 31 year old farmer at Grove Hill in Clarke County, AL. He enlisted as a Private in Company I, 5th Alabama Infantry on 16 March 1862 in Grove Hill, AL.

On the Campaign

He was captured in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was paroled on 9 October and a prisoner at Fort McHenry to 17 October 1862, then sent to Fortress Monroe, VA for exchange. He was wounded at Chancellorsville, VA on 3 May 1863. He was detailed as Provost Guard to the Division by July 1864 and was sent home on a furlough of indulgence on 16 August 1864. He was aboard the steamboat Senator #2 on the Alabama River on 23 October 1864 when her boiler exploded, and he drowned attempting to swim away from the burning boat.

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, the Richmond Sentinel of 26 October 1864, and the US Census of 1860. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Mary Henly/Hendley (1828-) in February 1848 and they had 4 children.


c.1829; Clarke County, AL


10/23/1864; Wilcox County, AL; burial in Bassett Creek Cemetery, Fulton, AL


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 28108]