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Carroll Cleburne Gailor Walt

Obituary of Martin Walt, Memphis, Tennessee.

Maj. Martin Walt, for sixty-five years a resident of Memphis, Tenn., died in that city on March 6, 1915, at the age of seventy-nine years. He was born in Parkersburg, Va., December 24, 1836, and went to Memphis when that city was just a village. He entered the steamboat business and was captain on one of the early packets when only nineteen years of age. When the war between the States began he went into the Confederate service with Capt. (afterwards Maj.) Frank Gailor, who was first on the staff of Gen. William H. Carroll. Major Gailor was killed in the battle of Perryville, Octiber 8, 1862, and was succeeded by Martin Walt, his comrade.

Major Walt served as quartermaster of his division and was for two years on the staff of Maj. Gen. Pat Cleburne. He had numerous stirring and trying experiences, one of which was his capture, with his entire train, while in the rear of Gen. Joseph E. Johnston's army, by Kilpatrick's raiding expedition in 1864. He was in the hands of the Federal cavalry for twenty-four hours and was then suddenly released on the approach of the Confederate cavalry. He was again captured at Lincolnton, N. C., and, with fourteen hundred others was taken to Nashville and paroled there. After the surrender he returned to Memphis, where he had been engaged in business ever since. He again went into the steamboat business with his brothers and was interested in a number of boats plying up and down the Mississippi River, He entered the commission business in 1867, and for more than forty years he had his office at the same place on Front Street. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, and three sons, two of whom succeed him in business.

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, June, 1920.

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