Historical records matching Colonel Elijah Walker (USA)
About Colonel Elijah Walker (USA)
Civil War Union Army Officer. Upon the outbreak of the Civil War, he enlisted in the 4th Maine Volunteer Infantry regiment on June 15, 1861, and was commissioned Captain and commander of the unit's Company B. In November 1862 he was promoted to Major, and in March 1862 he was advanced to Colonel and commander of the regiment.
In the July 1863 Battle of Gettyburg, he led his regiment in the brutal combat to defend the Union Army position near the rocks of Devil's Den on the battle's Second Day. He received a serious wound to his left leg, and he was commended for his leadership. After his recovery he returned to the regiment, and saw frequent turns in brigade command during the months of January and February 1864. He led the 4th Maine through the 1864 Overland Campaign, where he led the 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division of the II Corps from May 18 until the 23, 1864. On July 19, 1864 he was honorably discharged, having served over 3 years in the War.
Today his name is inscribed on the 4th Maine's monument, located among the rocks of Devil's Den near Crawford Avenue, in the Gettysburg