Biography of George E. Walker

Since George E. Walker has no biography in the National Archives, below is my biography of the man. 

   George E. Walker was born in South Carolina in 1828. He became an accomplished civil engineer and architect, with several buildings of note being designed by him. He also took part in the surveys and construction of the Greenville & Columbia RR. In 1850, he married Agnes M. Frost, who was born in South Carolina in 1831. They had son John, in 1852. In the 1860 Census, the family was living in Columbia and George was listed as an Architect.
   During the war, George worked as a civilian engineer on the defenses of Charleston, including the building of Battery Bee on the west end of Sullivan's Island. In the spring of 1862, he requested a commission as a member of the Army's Engineer Corps and was so appointed. In the early summer of 1863, he was appointed a member of the Commission for the Removal and Distribution of Railroad Iron. Very few details are known of his work on the Commission and he died in Columbus, Ga., while on Commission travel in the October of 1863.
November 17, 1861 - April 30, 1862 Worked as assistant engineer on defenses of Charleston and Savannah
NA, RRB 4-30Q-62
May 1, 1862 Served as Assistant Engineer at Fort Sumter
May 7, 1862 Applied for commission in the Engineer Corps of the Army
June 4, 1862 Appointed Captain in Engineer Corps, to rank from June 1
October 17, 1862 Ordered to do a detailed inspection of the Alabama River and Mobile defenses and report to the Engineer Bureau
June 4, 1863 Appointed a Commissioner to determine which RRs should have their iron removed and which roads should receive the iron
June 8, 1863 Removal of Roanoke Valley RR iron
June 9, 1863 East Tennessee & Virginia RR requested iron; referred to Iron Commission
June 11, 1863 Commissioners request authority to replace taken rail with replacement new iron plus seven percent per year. Forwarded to Secretary of War
June 13, 1863 South Side RR wants to remove the Petersburg to City Point rail to use in maintaining their main line; Commission to investigate
Commissioners recommend Virginia & Tennessee RR be given 25 tons pig iron
Port Walthall iron removal to be reviewed
June 15, 1863 Makes proposals for Commission procedures
NA, ENGR 6-15-63
June 16, 1863 Asks how to pay Commissioners' expenses
NA, ENGR 6-16-63
June 18, 1863 Commissioners directed to work with the Richmond & Danville RR to remove some just-removed Seaboard & Roanoke RR iron
June 19, 1863 Removing iron from Fredericksburg to Acquia Creek
June 20, 1863 Received response from Secretary of War and Secretary of Navy regarding removal of Atlantic, Tennessee & Ohio RR iron
July 1, 1863 Ordered to save new rails and have only old ones rolled for gunboat armor
July 18, 1863 Ordered to buy or impress the iron of the Mississippi, Gainesville & Tuscaloosa RR
July 24, 1863 Pays for Commission support
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July 25, 1863 Makes recommendation regarding connection between Georgia and Florida railroads
August 31, 1863 Requisitioned material for the removal of the railroad iron of the Brunswick & Albany RR
Probably early October, 1863 Died in Columbus, Ga.
September 8, 1864 A claim for his expenses that had not been reimbursed when he died is approved

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