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 major-general November 8, 1862, and was now called upon to bid farewell to the army of Northern Virginia, and go to a new field in the Trans-Mississippi, where he took command of the Texas division of infantry. Walker had not been long with his new troops before he brought them to a high state of efficiency. Gen. Richard Taylor, in his account of military operations in Louisiana, thus speaks of General Walker: ‘He had thoroughly disciplined his men, and made them in every sense soldiers, and their efficiency in action was soon established.’ Speaking of a successful battle fought on the 3d of November at Bourbeau, La., in which three regiments from Walker's division were engaged, Taylor again comments upon ‘the admirable conduct of Walker's men in action.’ His division in the Red river campaign maintained its splendid record in the battles against Banks and Steele. In June, 1864, he was assigned to command the district of West Louisiana, succeeding Gen. Richard Taylor, and subsequently he was until March 31, 1865, in command of the district of Texas, New Mexico and Arizona, and at Houston on the 27th indignantly refused the terms of surrender offered by Gen. Lew Wallace at Point Isabel, declaring that he would not ‘basely yield all that we have been fighting for during the last four years, namely, nationality and the rights of self government.’ His command at this time included Steele's Texas division of cavalry, Bee's Texas division of cavalry, Cooper's division of Indians, Bagby's division of Texas and Louisiana cavalry, and Slaughter's brigade. After the war General Walker served as consul-general at Bogota, and as special commissioner to invite the South American republics to the Pan-American convention won the complimentary mention of Secretary Blain He died at Washington, July 20, 1893.
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