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Walker, John G., military officer, born in Cole County, Mo., July 22, 1822; died in Washington, D. C, July 20,1893. He was educated at the Jesuit College in St. Louis; was appointed a lieutenant in the 1st United States Mounted Rifles in 1843; served through the Mexican War, in which he was wounded, and promoted captain ; and was afterward employed in several Indian campaigns. In 1861 he resigned his commission, and was appointed colonel of the 2d Virginia Infantry in the Confederate service. He was wounded at Malvern Hill, commanded the division that occupied Loudoun Heights at the capture of Harper's Ferry, was promoted major-general, fought with his division at Milliken's Bend, Bayou Bourbeaux, Plaquemine, Pleasant Hill, and Jenkins Ferry, und commanded the district of Louisiana and the Department of Louisiana and Texas. After the war he was United States consul-general at Bogota, and the special commissioner of the Department of State to invite the South American republics to send representatives to the Convention of American Republics in Washington. He was highly complimented by Secretary Blaine for the tact shown in this mission.
(Source: Appleton’s Annual Cyclopedia and Register of Important Events 1893.  Vol. XVIII.  Published 1894.  Contributed by Robyn Greenlund)

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