William H. T. Walker Autograph Letter Signed "W. H. T. Walker." Two pages, 7.75" x 10", one blue, lined paper, Camp Walker [Georgia], January, 4, 1862. At the time of this letter, Walker had just been promoted to brigadier general in the Georgia Militia, having previously resigned his commission as a brigadier general in the Confederate Army. The letter reads in full:

    "I to day organized Col Harris Regt. An election was held. Col. Harris was unanimously elected Col. Capt. E. V. Sharpe was elected Lt. Col. & Lt. E. F. Lawson Major. I enclosed the necessary papers. The enemy having landed near us in Carolina and a speedy organization being absolutely necessary I referred the whole matter to Genl. Jackson.

    "He ordered that one Company of Nunnely Battalion and Capt Moon of Wrights Regiment (he Wright having only this Company not full and another) be put into Harris Regt and then election ordered immediately. In the place of Moore who wanted to join Harris Regiment was substituted Capt. Harris Company who wanted to join Wright (he Harris being still at the Altamaha not having yet reported here) was put in his place. It was the only possible way to form the Regiment for Harris though ordered here from Altamaha at least ten days ago has not yet arrived. When he does come he can take Moores place. I am thus explicit for I have tried to pleas all hands and at last find it impossible. Suffice it to say that both Genl Jackson & myself both anxious to make the Brigade efficient have done what we considered the exegencies
    [sic] of the occupation required and I trust it will meet with the approbation of the commander in Chief. I have made thus explanation to stand off any imagined wrong done to show that we have done what we considered for the good of the service."

    In April of 1862, the Conscript Act led to the disbandment of the militia and General Walker was, for one year, out of the service. In March of 1863, he was again given a brigadier general rank in the Confederate Army and assumed command of a brigade of Georgia regiments. He was promoted to major general in May, 1863. He was killed at the Battle of Atlanta on July 22, 1864.

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