Maj. John Stewart Walker


Birth: 1827
Marriage: Lucy Otey (1831-1911)
Death: July 1, 1862 (Battle of Malvern Hill)

Parents: David Walker (1799-1845) and Amanda Norvell (1802-1838)
Siblings: Mary, Norman Stewart, David, Amadus Norvell
Children: David, Mary, Lucy, Amanda, John Otey, John Stewart Jr.

Descent: John Stewart Walker - David Walker - Lucy Walker - Joseph A. McCullough III - James D. McCullough - Joseph A. McCullough V
Confederate Service: 15th Virginia Infantry
                                   (originally, “Virginia Life Guard”, 3rd Virginia Volunteers)


John Stewart Walker was born in Virginia in 1827. His father, David Walker, was a Scottish immigrant who had come to American to join in the family tobacco business. With the death of his father in 1845, John Stewart Walker went to live with his uncle, John Stewart, in his mansion at Brook Hill.  Soon thereafter, John enrolled in Washington College and later transferred to Harvard, where he was a member of the exclusive Porcellion Club. On John Stewart Walker's 21st birthday, he held a massive party at the Revere House. The party proved so expensive that when his uncle received the bill, he pulled John out of school and brought him home.

The next year, 1849, John married his second cousin, Lucy Otey, and bought a $10,000 property in Richmond.  From then until the war, John joined in the family tobacco business, producing his own award-winning brand, Queen Bee Tobacco.  John Stewart Walker and his family were members of the Centenary Methodist Church in Richmond. John is listed as a steward of the church in 1856 and became superintendent of the Sunday school in 1857, a position he held until he volunteered in the Virginia militia. It is thought that several men in his company were members of his Sunday school.

Letters:
      June 17, 1861
      June 19, 1861
      June 29, 1861
      July 4, 1861
      July 6, 1861
      July 10, 1861
      July 12, 1861
      July 29, 1861
      August 2, 1861
      August 15, 1861
      August 20, 1861
      August 25, 1861
      September 10, 1861
      September 12, 1861
      September 16, 1861
      October 4, 1861
      October 9, 1861
      October 15, 1861
      October 28, 1861
      October 31, 1861
      November 2, 1861
      November 9, 1861
      November 16, 1861
      November 23, 1861
      December 21, 1861
      December 22, 1861
      December 25, 1861
      December 27, 1861
      December 30, 1861
      January 8, 1862
      January 14, 1862
      January 15, 1862
      January 16, 1862
      January 29, 1862
      February 3, 1862
      February 11, 1862
      February 13, 1862
      February 16, 1862
      February 20, 1862
      February 23, 1862
      February 26, 1862
      March 2, 1862
      March 6, 1862
      March 23, 1862
      April 3, 1862

  Photographs:


J.S.W. with his younger brothers.
J.S.W. before the war.