seizure of Fort Pickens
, near Pensacola, Fla.
, he was still in the United States
service commanding the United States
Soon after the secession of Florida
he resigned his commission in the navy of the United States
and entered the service of the Confederate States
as captain of infantry.
In 1862 he was commissioned colonel, and on the 22d of October, in command at Pocotaligo, S. C.
, he defeated a Union force that attempted to seize the Charleston & Savannah railroad. Eight days later he was promoted to brigadier-general, and during the balance of the year he was in command of the Third military district of South Carolina.
His position was one which required great diligence and watchfulness, in order to protect the coast of South Carolina
from sudden incursions of the enemy.
As the spring of 1864 opened, all troops that could possibly be spared from the department of South Carolina, Georgia
were sent to the armies in Virginia
On April 29, 1864, General Walker
was ordered to Kinston, N. C.
, to take command of that post and soon afterward he was called by Beauregard
to assist in the defense of Petersburg
, at that time seriously threatened by Butler
reached the army concentrated by Beauregard
in time to share in the attack upon Butler
During a fight on May 20th he accidentally rode into the enemy's lines, and when called upon to surrender refused and was fired upon.
His horse was killed and he was himself so severely wounded in the foot that amputation became necessary.
He remained a prisoner of war until exchanged in the fall, when on the 29th of October he was placed in command at Weldon
He was commanding in North Carolina
when the war ended.
removed to Georgia
after the war, and in 1898 was a citizen of Atlanta