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Thomas M. Walker Letter

Identifier: MS-3216

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Thomas M. Walker wrote this letter to his mother and sister. It describes his camp in Chattanooga in relation to a similar geographic location where his family lives. Walker discusses a battle where they were beaten badly, yet held onto Chattanooga. Walker notes that they have been living on half rations and are shelled randomly. The Confederate shells do little harm, so he does not worry much about them. Walker quells his mother's fears that he will re-enlist, saying if he does it will not be for a long time. Walker's discussion of Chattanooga includes talk of Confederate attempts to take Lookout Mountain, which he describes as unsuccessful.


  • 1863 December 4

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This letter, written by Thomas M. Walker, discusses his time in the Civil War. At the time this letter was written, Walker was stationed with the Ohio 15th Infantry in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Biographical/Historical Note

Thomas M. Walker enlisted in the Union Army on 1861 September 6 as a private. He mustered into Company B of the 15th Ohio Infantry on the same day. Walker was promoted from Private to Corporal in September of 1865 and discharged from service on 1865 October 7.


This collection consists of one folder.

Acquisition Note

Purchased by Special Collections, 2007 July 27.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA