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Reminiscences of the Civil War and Newspaper Articles

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0124

T. J. Walker's handwritten, 98-page manuscript chronicles the time he spent with the 9th Tennessee Infantry between approximately 1861 and 1865. During his service, Walker was wounded five times and contracted dysentery and typhoid at Corinth, Mississippi. This manuscript documents Walker's entry into the Confederate Army, his experiences in battle (including such battles as Shiloh and Missionary Ridge), his thoughts about enemy soldiers, his encounters with various civilians, his unit's camps and movements, and finally his unit's surrender to Union forces in 1865.

Dates

  • 1954 February 15-17, undated

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact Special Collections.

Extent

0.3 Linear Feet (3 folders)

Abstract

T. J. Walker's handwritten, 98-page manuscript chronicles the time he spent with the 9th Tennessee Infantry between approximately 1861 and 1865. During his service, Walker was wounded five times and contracted dysentery and typhoid at Corinth, Mississippi.

Biographical/Historical Note

Thomas J. Walker was born in approximately 1844 in Tennessee. His service in the Civil War began in 1861 when he left school in Haywood County, Tennessee at the age of 17 to join a unit he calls Capt. Woods' Tipton Co. Confederates. Shortly after he joined, this and several other units were combined to form the Confederate 9th Tennessee Infantry. The unit fought at Shiloh and Perryville before taking part in the Murfreesboro and Atlanta campaigns. They were then assigned to General Hood's winter operations and finally stationed in North Carolina. On April 26, 1865 the unit surrendered 40 soldiers, reduced from its original 838.

After the war, Walker married a woman named Betty in approximately 1868. They had one son, Clarence. Walker died on August 30, 1920.

Arrangement

Collection consists of three folders.

Acquisition Note

This collection was donated to the University of Tennessee by Charles R. Walker, T. J. Walker, and Lucy Walker Williams in 1954.

Existence and Location of Copies

A transcription of Walker's "Reminiscences of the Civil War" can be found as a PDF.

Repository Details

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

Contact:
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480