|VA2214||TURNED Cover -- First Use (inside): CSA
#12 (AD) (4-Margin) tied by an indecipherable CDS and with Military Address to Sergt John K.
Walker, Gordonsville, Va General Hospital Ward K. Second Use: Soldiers
(Due) 10 with the Petersburg,
Va CDS with a MAR (1865) date all
in BLACK (CC Type L which is cataloged in red but not in black). Addressed to Mr. Garrison Walker, Anderson’s Store, Caswell County
NC. Second use endorsed at left “Private Jno Walker Co A 6th NC
Troops.” Clean cover which displays very well with the left upper corner folded
down to show the stamp from the inside use along side the black
Petersburg markings. Cover shows some wear but is very presentable and can be exhibited as a very late use cover.
John Kerr Walker (1843-1921) enlisted as a private in Co K 6th NC Inf at age 17 on 6/21/1861. He was promoted Corpl 10/1/1862, Sergt 3/1/1863, and 1st Sergt 10/10/1864. He is listed as wounded in the left arm but date and place not recorded but most likely accounts for his Gordonsville, Va hospitaliztion in late 1864. He rejoined his unit but was again hospitalized in Richmond in late March 1865 (reason not given) and was still in the Richmond hospital when the Union occupied the city 4/3/1865. The endorsement of the second use, which is addressed to Sergt Walker’s father, indicates rank as “private.” This is puzzling as there is no indication in the records that Sergt Walker was ever reduced to the ranks. Also, the company designation is incorrect (“A”instead of “K”). Very likely the endorsement and perhaps the entire letter was written by someone else on his behalf because he was sick or wounded or not able to read or write, and the writer simply got the rank and unit designation wrong.
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