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ice of the State, early in April, 1861, becoming a member of Com-
pany F of the Sixteenth Virginia infantry regiment. He was sta-
tioned at Tanner's Point, near Norfolk, until the evacuation of that
region by the Confederate forces, after which he was sent with
his command to confront the Federal forces threatening Rich-
mond from the North. After some skirmishing on the Rapidan
river, he returned to the vicinity of Richmond and took part in
the battle of Seven Pines, after which his regiment was assigned
to Mahone's brigade, and he fought with that command through
the Seven Days' campaign, including Malvern Hill, at Second Ma-
nassas, Harper's Ferry, Sharpsburg and Fredericksburg. In 1863
he was detailed for duty as a blacksmith in the service of the Nor-
folk & Western railroad. In this capacity, in which his skill and
devotion to duty were of great value to the cause, he remained
until the close of the war. Subsequently he was connected with
the same road for a time, and afterward with the Southern rail-
road about eighteen years. Since then he has conducted a grocery
at Ettricks, and is a prosperous citizen. In addition to his mer-
cantile pursuits, he is interested in real estate and other profit-
able investments. He is one of the charter members and an active
comrade of A. P. Hill camp. Confederate Veterans. In 1857 Mr.
Wade was married to Mary J. Moore, and they have two children:
W. T. and Emmet M.

Major Benjamin Maitland Walker, M. D., of Danville, was born
in Plymouth, N. C, April 10, 1838. His parents, Jordan and
Martha (Nicholson) Walker, reared at Plymouth, N. C., a family
of five sons and three daughters, and the father dying in 1844, the
mother gave all her sons to the Confederate service. Thomas J.
was a private in the Third North Carolina cavalry; William or-
ganized Company K of the same regiment, and was promoted
to lieutenant-colonel; Crawford N. served in the heavy artillery
under Johnston, and Carter was a private in the Third cavalry.
Benjamin M., the third son, had been educated at Eglantine high
school, and professionally at the university of Pennsylvania, where
he was graduated in medicine in March, 1858, and when the war
began had been practicing three years in his native county. He
promptly enlisted and was commissioned assistant surgeon in
May, 1861, first being assigned to the cavalry squadrons at Green-
ville' N. C. In June, 1862, he was promoted surgeon, and assigned
to the Third North Carolina cavalry, and in 1863, by virtue of
seniority of commission, he was made brigade surgeon with the
rank of major. Thus at twenty-five years of age he had under
him ten surgeons, and his ability sustained him in this important
rank He was on duty in a number of important battles, including


Washington and Kinston, N. C, Second Manassas, Drewry's
Bluflf, Hanover Court House, the siege of Suffolk, Reams' Sta-
tion and other battles about Petersburg, Five Forks and Sailor's
Creek. He was captured at Five Forks, but rejoined his com-
mand on the next day. After the close of the war he practiced
medicine at his old home, until 1877, when he removed to Dan-
ville, Va. He has pursued post-graduate studies in Philadelphia
and New York, is a member of the State medical society, and is a
frequent contributor to medical literature. In 1871 he married
Harriet Eliza Pugh, of a famous American family, and they have
two children, Benjamin Maitland, Jr. and Harriet N. In i8g8 B.
M. Walker, Jr., married Miss Sue Hickey, daughter of Charles
Hickey, of Danville.

C. W. Walker, a prominent citizen of Portsmouth, who served
in youth in the Confederate cause, was born at Portsmouth Janu-
ary 9, 1846. His father, Vincent Walker, who was born in Dela-
ware in March, 1803, settled at Portsmouth in 1831, served there
as captain of the guard at the navy yard for thirty years, ran the
blockade in October, 1862, in order to join the Confederate army,
but being refused enlistment, went to Charlotte, N. C, where,
during the remainder of the war he occupied the same position
in the Confederate navy yard that he had held in the United
States navy yard. He died at Portsmouth in 1869. His wife,
Sarah M. Hodges, daughter of John M. Hodges, a soldier of the
■war of 1812, died in 1868. Early in 1861 C. W. Walker joined the
Junior Guards, an organization of boys about fifteen years of age,
who armed themselves as best they could, but were not accepted
by the government. He then acted as courier for General Blanch-
ard until the evacuation, after which, being refused permission
to accompany the troops, he crossed the Federal lines, and en-
tered the employment of the machine department of the Charlotte
navy yard. Eighteen months later he enlisted in the navy and
for over a year was on duty on the schoolship Indian Chief in
Charleston harbor. During this time he had frequent exciting
adventures as one of a boat crew which served in the protection
of the city and Fort Sumter, on night patrols. He was for three-
months a member of the guard of the Whitworth gun at the foot
of Calhoun street, and subsequently was detailed in the ordnance
department at Selma, Ala., until after Sherman had marched to the
sea, when he visited his father at Charlotte, following in the track
of Sherman's army and finding the country so stripped that it
was with difficulty that he could find sufficient food to keep him
alive during his long trip afoot. He was on duty in the machine
department at Charlotte until the arrival of the "Gold Train" from
Richmond, after the evacuation of the capital, when he was among^
the men who volunteered as a guard for the Confederate treasure.
At Chester, S. C, the party was joined by Mrs. Davis, wife of
the president, and her daughter Winnie, and during the trip by
wagon to the next railroad station, Mr. Walker was one of three
who assisted Mrs. Davis by carrying her daughter, when she
sought relief from the wearisome journey by walking. He ac-
companied the party as far as Augusta, Ga., and finally surrendered
at Blacksburg, S. C., having served in the last organized body of
Confederate troops east of the Mississippi, it being perhaps the last


to surrender. Since the war he has resided at Portsmouth, was for
fifteen years locomotive engineer on the Seaboard Air Line rail-
road, and for six years master mechanic in the Portsmouth shops
of that company, and since 1895 has conducted the Portsmouth
steam laundry, doing a very prosperous business. He is a mem-
ber of Stonewall camp, and in the Masonic order has filled every
office from junior deacon to commander of Knight Templars. He
organized the "Knights of Dixie" since disbanded. In the city
council he has been a prominent member and is now chairman of
the street committee. Mr. Walker was married first to Azulah F.,
daughter of Rev. William Knott, and after her death he wedded
Mrs. Annie Beauregard (Warren) Riddick, a descendant of Gen.
Joseph Warren, killed at Bunker Hill. Three children are living:
Lee Wood, C. W. Jr. and Russell Ashby.

T. D. Walker, of Norfolk, a gallant cavalryman of the army of
Northern Virginia, was born in Currituck county, N. C, in 1840,
a son of Thomas Walker and his wife Elizabeth, daughter of Wil-
loughby West. He was reared and educated in his native county
and barely reached his majority when the Confederacy was formed
and he felt it his duty to serve in its defense. He enlisted in the
first volunteer company organized in the county, under Capt.
Samuel D. Bell, which was mustered into the service as Com-
pany G of the Fourth North Carolina regiment of cavalry. With
his command he was stationed at Currituck Court House and
acted as messenger between that place and Norfolk until the evac-
uation of the latter in 1862, when his command proceeded to
Petersburg, and six months later to Richmond. During a portion
of this period he served as special courier to General Johnson.
In the subsequent campaign he participated in the Seven Days'
fighting. At the time of the battle of Fredericksburg he joined
the main body of the army at that place, but too late to take part
in the engagement. He participated in the famous cavalry fight
at Brandy Station in 1863, and then crossed the Potomac and
shared with his command in the movements of Gen. J. E. B.
Stuart around the Federal army. At Middleburg, Pa., while en-
gaged with his company in a dash against the Federals for the
purpose of releasing General Stuart, who had been surrounded
by the enemy, he received a severe saber cut, but nevertheless re-
mained on duty and participated in the fight at Gettysburg. He
was taken prisoner in this battle and subsequently held as a pris-
oner for sixty days at Washington, D. C. On being paroled he
was sent to hospital, and later he rejoined his command at Cul-
peper Court House. Subsequently he participated in the many
engagements of his command, and in the latter part of 1864 was
ordered to Richmond and Petersburg, in the vicinity of which
cities he served against the Stoneman raid and at Hatcher's Run,
and remained there on duty, taking part in numerous cavalry
actions, except when absent upon an expedition in North Carolina,
when he took part in the recapture of Kinston. After the sur-
render of the army he joined a party of sixty men who determined
to unite with the command of Colonel Morgan, but on hearing
of Morgan's capitulation, he returned to his home. He engaged
in farming, which has been his occupation to the present time,
though since 1892 failing health has compelled him to reside in


Norfolk. In 1872 he was married to Lois Adelia, daughter of
John F. Burfoot, of North Carolina, and they have five children
living: J. L., Flavins B., Lois Adelia, Ida M. and Eva H.

Alexander Wellington Wallace, of Fredericksburg, a veteran of
Gen. M. D. Corse's brigade, army of Northern Virginia, was born
at Fredericksburg, August 20, 1843. He is the son of Dr. John
Hooe and Mary (Gordon) Wallace. His father was a prominent
physician and banker of Fredericksburg. He was educated at an
academy in Albemarle county, and began the study of law under
John B. Minor at the university of Virginia, prior to the war
period. In March, 1862, he entered the Confederate States serv-
ice as a private in Company C of the Thirtieth regiment Vir-
ginia infantry. Throughout the remainder of the war he was
identified with the record of this regiment and General Corse's
brigade of the division of George E. Pickett, and participated in
the campaigns and battles in Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland
and Pennsylvania. In the rank of fourth corporal he commanded
his company, all the other officers having been killed, wounded
or captured, on the field of Appomattox, April 9, 1865. In May,
1866, Mr. Wallace, having completed his legal studies, began the
practice of law at Fredericksburg, and soon attained prominence
in his professional work and on account of his worthy activity
in the political field. In 1875 he was elected to the legislature and
served one term, then declining re-election. He was a delegate to
the national Democratic conventions at St. Louis in 1876 and at
Cincinnati in 1880. In 1889 he was elected judge of the corpora-
tion court of Fredericksburg, and in 189S was re-elected. His
able and impartial service upon the bench has added to the high
estimation in which he is held by the community and his many
friends throughout the State. Judge Wallace was married in April,
1883, to Victoria B., daughter of Capt. Charles K. Stevens, of
Philadelphia. He has been for twenty years a communicant of
the Episcopal church and a member of the vestry of St. George's
church at Fredericksburg.

Captain Casper Wistear Wallace, of Fredericksburg, a veteran
of the Thirtieth regiment, was born at that city June iS> 1834,
the son of Dr. John H. Wallace. His education was received at
Hanson's academy, of Fredericksburg the Episcopal high school
near Alexandria, and the university of Virginia. At the latter in-
stitution he gave two years each to the literary and law depart-
ments, and was graduated professionally in 1855. During the
following six years he devotled himself to the practice of law at
his native city and gained an excellent footing as a young attorney.
But the impending conflict interrupted his legal career in the
spring of 1861, and he enlisted in April, as a private in Company
C of the Thirtieth Virginia infantry regiment. He shared the early
service of Colonel Harrison's regiment in the department of
North Carolina, brigade of Gen. J. G. Walker, with promotion to
second lieutenant, and later in the capacity of quartermaster of
the regiment. In March, 1862, he was elected captain of Company
C, and in that rank he served up to the fall of 1864, participating
in the active service of his regiment, including the Seven Days'
campaign before Richmond, Sharpsburg, Fredericksburg, Drewry's
Bluff and Cold Harbor. During the last eight months of the war


period he was detailed from the line in the position of acting judge
advocate-general for the First corps of the army of Northern Vir-
ginia. Subsequently he resumed the practice of law at Fredericks-
burg and in 1870 he was elected commonwealth attorney for both
the city and the county of Spottsylvania. This position he held
by successive re-elections until he tired of the service and re-
signed in 1881 and 1882. In 1886 he retired from the profession
in which he had won honors, and traveled for some time in for-
eign lands. After his return he was elected a director of the Na-
tional bank of Fredericksburg, in 1888, and upon the death of his
brother, Charles Wallace, president of the institution, in October,
1893, he was chosen as his successor. Captain Wallace is also
president of the Fredericksburg aqueduct company. In these and
various other lines of activity he is conspicuous in the business and
social life of the city.

George W. Wallace, of Berkley, one of the charter members
and past commander of Neimeyer-Shaw camp. United Confed-
erate Veterans, of that city, was born at Glencoe, Norfolk
county, November 17, 1845. He is a son of the marriage of George
T. Wallace and Elizabeth Curtis, his father being a native of Nor-
folk county and a farmer by occupation. After receiving a pre-
paratory education at his home town, he entered the university
of North Carolina, where he was still a student when the war
broke out, and remained until early in 1863. He then, being in
his eighteenth year, left his studies to participate in the military
service of the Confederate States. He joined that adventurous and
faithful band of intelligent and patriotic men known as the signal
corps, becoming one of the youngest of the Second company under
command of Capt. Eugene G. Dejarmette. The entire corps was
composed of carefully selected men from all the military organi-
zations collected about Norfolk in 1861-62, and under the com-
mand of Maj. James F. Milligan, rendered efficient service along
the James and Appomattox rivers until the fall of Richmond in
1865. Two chains of posts were established, from Bermuda Hun-
dred to Petersburg, and up the James river to Drewry's bluflf,
where a telegraph system connected with Richmond. In this duty
Mr. Wallace was naturally not called upon to participate in battle,
but on one occasion, in 1864, he took part in a fight at Jones'
Farm, on the James river, opposite Jamestown island. His service
closed at Appomattox, where he surrendered with the army. Then
he returned to civil life with his signal corps comrades, several
of whom have since attained notabl* distinction, among them J.
Hoge Tyler, governor of Virginia, Judge John Dew, Dr. Harvey
Dew and Judge John Welch. After Dr. Wallace's return to his
home at Glencoe, he took up the study of medicine, and entered
the university of Virginia for pr,ofessional study, where he was
graduated as doctor of medicine in June, 1867. He then located
■for practice of medicine at Camden, N. C, and after something
over a year at that place, he followed the profession for a short
time at Deep Creek, Va.j until he was compelled by ill health to
abandon the active practice. Removing to Berkley, Va., he em-
barked in the business of a pharmacist and druggist, in which he
has since continued with remarkable success, now conducting one
of the best-appointed establishments of this kind in Norfolk county.


Honorable and trustworthy, both in business and in private life, he
enjoys the respect and esteem of the entire community where he
lives, and is widely known as a worthy and prosperous citizen.
He is a communicant of the Presbyterian church, and maintains
a membership in the Royal Arcanum, as well as in the United
Confederate Veterans, in which he is a prominent and active com-
rade. He was married in 1869 to Miss Sallie W. Chewning, of
Albemarle county.

George E. Waller, M. D., of Martinsville, was born in Henry
county, October 17, 1838. When he attained manhood he was
educated for the medical profession, and was graduated at the
Virginia medical college. In March, 1862, he entered the military
service with the Twenty-fourth regiment Virginia infantry, and
was assigned to duty as hospital steward. In the discharge of the
duties of this position, as well as those of assistant surgeon much
of the time, he continued throughout the war. Though offered the
rank of assistant surgeon he declined itj preferring to be in a po-
sition where he could more closely care for his younger brother,
Samuel G. Waller, a member of the regiment. The latter was
wounded at Gettysburg, and now rests in Hollywood cemetery.
Dr. Waller was with his gallant regiment through all its service,
which was in the main identical with that of the commands of
Longstreet and Pickett, and was frequently under fire, his service
being rendered on the field in all battles. At Fredericksburg he
narrowly escaped death, a bullet cutting a track through his scalp
and a cannon ball passing between his legs and wounding a sur-
geon behind him. He was with the regiment to the end, the com-
mand finally being disbanded' by Pickett at Farmville, April 8,
1865. A year after the close of hostilities he made his home at
Martinsville and entered upon the practice of medicine, in which
he has achieved success. Both professionally and socially he is
one of the leading men of his county. He has served as council-
man and as mayor, and is now health officer and magistrate. On
September 10, 1868, he was married to Sarah L. Putzel, and they
have six children: William L., Mary McCauley, Jean, George, Ed-
ward P. and Crawford W.

Robert A. Walters, adjutant of Cabell-Graves camp. Confed-
erate Veterans, Danville, Va., is one of three sons of Capt. A. G.
and Eliza P. (Richardson) Walters, who formerly resided upon a
farm in Caswell county, N. C, where the father had the rank of
captain in the State militia, and the mother died in 1843. In 1845
the remainder of the family* removed to the vicinity of Danville.
The sons, W. F., R. A. and A. E., all served in the same company,
and the latter gained promotion to lieutenant near the close of the
war. Robert A. was born in North Carolina, January 14, 1838,
and was graduated at Trinity college, of that State, in 1861. On
July nth following, he enlisted as a private in Company A,
Eighteenth Virginia infantry, whose fortunes he shared during the"
most of the four years' struggle. He participated in the battles of
First Manassas, Williamsburg and Seven Pines, and in the latter
battle received a wound which disabled him until the Maryland
campaign, when he rejoined his regiment at Frederick City, and
fought at Boonsboro and Sharpsburg, receiving another but slight
wound in the latter bloody conflict. After he had taken part in


the battle of Fredericksburg he was one of those detailed to return
to the farm and produce food for the army, and he was thus en-
gaged for a year. Returning to the ranks on the line at Bermuda
Hundred, he fought in many skirmishes and at White Oak roads
and Sailor's Creek, in the latter disaster being captured. He was
subsequently held as a prisoner at Point Lookout until June 22,
1865. Since 1870 he has been successfully engaged in the tobacco
business at Danville. In 1863 he was married to Nannie M. Redd,
of Charlotte county, and they have two children living: Annie L.
and Mary R.

Joseph A. Walton, of Norfolk, a Confederate soldier whose
career since the war has been associated with the great transporta-
tion business of the "Twin Cities," was born in 1843, in the State
of New York, where his father, David S. Walton, a native of North
Carolina, was employed as a civil engineer on the Erie canal.
The family removed to Portsmouth when he was ten years of age,
and he was educated at the Virginia collegiate institute, under
Prof. N. B. Webster. Becoming a member of the Old Dominion
Guard before the outbreak of war, he entered the service of the
State with the company in April, 1861. The Guard became Com-
pany K of the Ninth Virginia regiment, and Private Walton served
with it for the first year of enlistment. He then re-enlisted for the
war as a member of Major Milligan's independent signal corps
and scouts. As a private in this command he served until the close
of the war, rendering valuable service to the Confederate cause.
He surrendered at Suffolk in May, 1865, and was soon afterward
paroled at Norfolk. Since the war he has resided at Portsmouth
and Norfolk, in the latter city since 1874. In September, 1867, he
first became connected with the railroad business in the freight
office of the Seaboard & Roanoke railroad, and has ever since
been in the employment of this company, now known as the Sea-
board Air Line. After two years' service he was promoted to the
position of auditor, he has subsequently held, now being in charge
of the department of disbursements. He is a member of the Ma-
sonic order and a Knight Templar, and is also a valued member
of Pickett-Buchanan camp. Confederate Veterans, the Knights of
Pythias and Royal Arcanum.

Edgar Warfield, of Alexandria, was born in Washington, D. C,
June 7, 1842. His parents moved to Virginia in the following
year, and at the age of fifteen years he entered the drug business,
which he followed until the outbreak of the war. He assisted in
organizing the Old Dominion Rifles on December 6, i860, which
■afterward became Company H of the Seventeenth Virginia in-
fantry, a regiment which had as its first officers Gen. M. D. Corse
and Col. Arthur Herbert. He served with this regiment during
•the entire war, being present at every battle in which it was en-
gaged. A portion of the time he was detailed as field hospital
steward. Upon several occasions he distinguished himself, notably
on July 22, 1863, at Manassas Gap, where he saved his regiment
from capture, if not from annihilation. They were practically sur-
rounded by the enemy when Private Warfield secured a horse
and rode to Front Royal, where he met Capt. E. R. Baird, of
"General Pickett's stafiE, who ordered him to ride on toward Win-
chester, from which direction Pickett's division was approaching
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on the return from Gettysburg, and report the situation to him.
It was a hazardous undertaking, but Private Warfield obeyed the
order cheerfully, and in doing so was compelled to ford the Shen-
andoah river. He met General Pickett two or three miles further
on the road, and a brigade was immediately sent under the com-
mand of Major Cabell, its senior ofHcer, to the relief of the gal-
lant Seventeenth. They reached that command just before sun-
down, and the combined forces succeeded in driving the enemy
several miles. The importance of Private Warfield's action will
be realized when it is understood that the arrival of these rein-
forcements and the subsequent repulse of the enemy undoubtedly
not only saved the Seventeenth regiment from disaster, but also
prevented the capture of General Lee's supply train. Mr. War-
field was present at the surrender of Lee at Appomattox, received
his parole April lo, 1865, and returned to his home at Alexandria.
In company with an intimate friend and comrade, William J.
Hall, he soon afterward engaged in the drug business, in which
he has ever since continued, the firm of Warfield & Hall being one
of the leading and reliable establishments of the city. Mr. War-
field is married and is the father of two sons, both promising

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