When the Civil War broke out, Walton enlisted in Cobbs Battery (CSA) and was severely wounded when a Union soldier ran a bayonet through his shoulder. He spent months in the hospital and was told he would never be able to fight again as he had little use of his arm and shoulder. However, he returned to his regiment and remained until the surrender. Walton was granted a pension (#1094) for his service in the Civil War on 17 July 1912.
Walton came to Henderson around the time of the Civil War and followed the trade of a plasterer. The last 18 years or so of his life he was not been able to perform manual labor and was cared for by his friends at his home on Ingram Street. He had only one known relative, a niece in Baltimore, Maryland.
Funeral services for George A. Walton were conducted by the pastor of Immanuel Baptist church and burial was in Fernwood Cemetery, Henderson.
George W. Walton
Apr. 14, 1823
Mar. 4, 1924
Notice the Southern Cross of Honor and the pointed tombstone, both of which identify this as a CSA veteran of the Civil War.
"Oldest Man in County is Ill," Henderson Gleaner, 4 October 1922.
"Veteran of Two Wars Succumbs," Henderson Gleaner, 6 March 1923.
Published 15 August 2014, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/