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Asher Walker

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Private

Company A, 4th Arkansas Infantry

Asher Walker's name and unit for this project were found in the 1905 booklet "Chickasaw Souvenir"

Bio submitted by Amy Dyer

ASHER “Bulldog” WALKER  

Born November 25, 1829 in Arkansas  

Died December 29, 1913 Dumont, King Co., TX

Buried Dumont Cemetery, King Co., TX.  

Asher’s parents’ names are unknown.  He married Nancy Ann Johnson 20 June 1849 in Dallas County, Arkansas.  In 1850 they were enumerated in Jackson Township of that county.  In 1860 they were living in Dallas Township, Calhoun County, which was formed from Dallas County.  At that time they had three living children.   

Asher enlisted as a private in Company A, the “Calhoun Escopets” Fourth Arkansas Infantry Regiment, CSA, 17 August 1861 at Mt. Vernon, Missouri.  The unit was under the command of Col. Evander McNair.  The Fourth served in Indian Territory in the fall of 1861, then fought at Pea Ridge in March 1862.  They arrived too late for the Battle of Shiloh, but served in Price’s Division, the Army of the West, in the Corinth Campaign in May-June 1862.  In the fall of 1862 they participated in the battles of Richmond and Perryville, KY, and in December 1862 were reassigned to McNair’s Brigade, McCown’s Division.  Many battles followed, including Stones River, Jackson, MS, Chickamauga, Kennesaw Mtn., Peach Tree Creek, Atlanta, Ezra Church, the siege of Atlanta, Jonesboro, and Lovejoy’s Station.  In the summer of 1863 they consolidated with the 4th and 34th Arkansas Infantry, and were then reassigned to D. H. Hill’s Brigade for Hood’s TN Campaign. Asher was a teamster for the unit at the time he was captured, in Roling, Mississippi 22 December 1863.  He was sent to Military Prison at Camp Douglas, Illinois 7 November 1864, then exchanged 4 May 1865 in New Orleans, Lousiana.

 By 1870 Asher Walker and his family, including his in-laws, were living in Davis County, Texas, where Asher was listed as a farmer.  By this time they had five children.  In 1880 they were in Comanche County, Texas, and in 1891 in Montague County, Texas.  Asher’s wife Nancy died in 1895.  It may have been then that he came to Indian Territory.  The census of 1900 found him living with his grandson Asher Theodore Flippin in Leeper Township of Murray County, Indian Territory.  Over the next five years or so Asher and his grown children continued to live in the Garvin County and Murray County area.  Asher may have moved with his daughter Dove and husband John Shelby to Dumont in King County, Texas, in about 1904.  Before his death in 1913 he applied for a pension in neighboring Cottle County (application #11871).

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