A Guide to the Horace Walker Diary, 1861-1863
United States Army Captain Horace M. Walker (1840-1863) of Company A of the 5th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry led the first soldiers from Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, into the Civil War. Walker was killed in Virginia during the Battle of Rappahanock Station on November 7, 1863.
McCrory, Thomas J. Grand Army of the Republic, Department of Wisconsin. Black Earth, Wis: Trails Books, 2005.
A bound journal composes the Diary of Horace Walker, 1861-1863, documenting the daily activities of Walker as a United States Army captain in Company A of the 5th Wisconsin Volunteers. Entries concern conditions in camps at Centreville, Maryland, and Fredericksburg, Garnets Hill, Lee’s MIll, Malvern Hill, and Williamsburg, Virginia as well as combat and casualties. Additionally, the diary includes a handwritten copy of an address by General George B. McClellan to the Army of the Potomac and lists of Wisconsin officers, supplies, and Walker’s accounts.
This collection is open for research use.
Horace Walker Diary, 1861-1863, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
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