Wednesday, February 27, 2013

1863 - Not All Died on the Field of Battle

Lucius M. Walker
The death of Brigadier General Marsh Walker was reported in the Memphis Daily Appeal, October 9, 1863.    Marsh died of injuries received in a duel in Arkansas against General John S. Marmaduke.  Walker was a nephew of  President James K. Polk.  He was a graduate of the US Military Academy and was a successful officer.  In Memphis he operated a successful mercantile business.  The Civil War saw his return to military service on the side of the Confederacy.  He was commissioned as a Colonel, after his death he was promoted to the rank of Major-General.   The duel came about when Marmaduke accused Walker of cowardice and as they say, satisfaction was demanded for this effrontery to Walker's honor.  However, it was Lucius Marsh Walker who died that day from Marmaduke's deadly navy revolver.

He is interred in Elmwood Cemetery.

John S. Sappington
Death of Brig-Gen. Marsh Walker Confirmed--We learn from a gentleman who was present at the duel fought between Gens. Marmaduke and Walker, on Sunday, the 6th ult., that the latter was shot in the right side on the second fire, from the effect of which he died on the Tuesday morning following.  The weapons used were navy revolvers, at fifteen paces, to fire and advance.  After Gen. Walker's death, his commission arrived promoting him to the rank of major-general.

His death was extremely regretted by an immense number of friends in Arkansas.--Mobile Tribune.  Reposted in the Memphis Daily Appeal 

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