Major Leicester Walker
Civil War soldier, Rancher


Major Leicester Walker, stock raiser; came to Fort McPherson, Neb., in 1868, as a Captain in the Fifth United States Cavalry. He was born in Sandusky City, Erie Co., Ohio, September 3, 1836. Lived in his native State until 1858, then lived in Lawrence, Kan., two years; engaged in merchandising; returned to Ohio, then to Washington, D. C.

In February, 1861, in Washington, D.C., he soon joined Gen. James Lane's Battalion of Frontier Guards, and was stationed at the White House in Washington, D. C. He was soon appointed Second Lieutenant of the Second United States Cavalry. The same was soon changed to the Fifth Regular Cavalry. He in the battles of First Bull Run, Richmond, South Mountain, Antietam, etc.

He was placed on the staff of Gen. Averill, and remained in that position until the winter of 1862-3, then placed as Chief Commissary of Musters, under Gen. Pleasanton. He remained in that capacity until Gen. Philip Sheridan took command. He was served under Gen. Sheridan in the same position, and served through all the campaigns, until the army arrived at James River.

He was then sent to Columbus, Ohio, as mustering and disbursing officer, and remained until the spring of 1865, when he rejoined his regiment at Cumberland, Md., where they were stationed, until January 1, 1866. At that time he was ordered to Charleston, and then Columbia, S. C. There he broke his left arm, and was disabled three months.

Following the disability, he took charge of troops, and was sent to Aiken, S. C., and had command of that post until 1868. He was then sent to Fort Lyon, Kansas, where he served as commander and was there a short time to organize troops, and then was transferred to Fort McPherson, where he remained until January, 1871.

In January 1871, he resigned from the Army, and entered into stock raising. In 1890, he owned a stock ranch, eight miles north of North Platte, and had about 700 head of cattle. He was married, in Aiken, S. C., February 14, 1868, to Miss Georgia S. Warren, of Columbus, Georgia. In 1890, they have two children - Leicester and Edith May. Major Walker contributed the chapter "Early History of Lincoln County" to the book "Nebraska Pioneer Reminiscences, issued by the Nebraska Society of the D.A.R.

Sources:
Andreas' History of the State of Nebraska, 1882, published by The Western Historical Company, A. T. Andreas, Proprietor, Chicago, Illinois.
Johnson's History of Nebraska, Harrison Johnson, Omaha, Published by Henry Gibson, Herald Printing House, 1880.
Nebraska Pioneer Reminiscences, Nebraska Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, 1916, The Torch Press, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Fort McPherson, Nebraska (Fort Cottonwood, N.T.) - Guardian of the Tracks and Trails, Louis A. Holmes, 1963, Johnsen Publishing Company, Lincoln, Nebraska.

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