Born: November 3, 1829 Died: March 21, 1906
Burial: Eureka Springs I.O.O.F. Cemetery Place: Eureka Springs, Carroll County, Arkansas
There isn't much biographical information on Walker except for the military information tied into the Quantrill history of this collection. He was a Union soldier that served in Captain Hackney's Black Hawk Cavalry and the 7th Missouri Cavalry, Company D. The 7th is where we get our Quantrill history!
Here is some of Thomas' info from military records....
-Prisoner of War record
Walker, Thomas P 7 Mo. D
Captured: Independence Aug 11 1862
"This man has lost his horse & equipment, they having been taken by the enemy. The horse and equipment were obtained from the United States. Mustered out by reason of Special order No. 88."
Thomas was one of those in the Union encampment, southeast of the Independence square, when John Taylor Hughes, Upton Hays and William Quantrill hit Independence, Missouri on the morning of August 11, 1862. The Union soldiers raced for a rock wall just south of their encampment and shot it out with the Confederates from behind it. Henry Wolfenbarger, one of the Confederate soldiers on this page, was one of Colonel Gideon Thompson's new Confederate recruits and took part in this fight. The Union was overwhelmed by the Confederates. James Buel surrendered from the second floor window of his headquarters with the stipulation that his men were treated as prisoners of war and paroled. Quantrill agreed.
Thus, Thomas survived the battle, was paroled and sent to Kansas City by foot along the other surviving members of the Union.