Edward Walker was born in 1754 in Duplin County NC. In the Spring of
1777, Walker joined the NC militia ,and was ordered to march to
Wilmington NC. Wilmington NC was used as an embarkation point during the
Revolutionary war to send troops to other areas. In January 1776, NC
Troops were sent to Wilmington to defend Fort Johnson, the scene of the
first British Naval bombardment to occur along the North Carolina
Coastline. In December 1776, Francis Nash had used Wilmington as a
meeting place before Continental troops were sent to St. Augustine
Florida to protect the Florida and Georgia coastline from British
Wilmington would also become famous for one of the greatest
American POW escapes from a British Prison. After Wilmington was seized
by the British in February 1781, the British turned the Burgwin Wright
house into a prison house for soldiers who had been in the Nc
Continental line and militia. In June 1781, the American prisoners found
a way into the drainage pipes of the house that led to an underground
cistern. The American troops followed the cistern until it came to the
Brunswick river, and made their escape.
On the journey to Wilmington, Walker's unit was ambushed by a group
of local Tories. A fire fight ensued. Walker was wounded in the head
during this fire fight , and sent home to recover.
Walker reenlisted in 1778. For the next 3 months, Walker fought
Tories and Indians. On one occasion, Walker was captured, by the Tories,
but soon escaped.
Walker reenlisted in 1779 under the command of General Griffin
Rutherford. In October , 1779 Walker joined an expedition to Savannah.
Savannah had been captured by the British , one year earlier by Lt. Col.
Archibald Campbell. Rutherford had been given orders to link up with
Benjamin Lincoln to try and recapture the city of Savannah.
On October 9 , 1779, Lincoln and French Admiral D'Estainge bombarded
the fortress of Savannah with heavy artillery. D'Estainge was soon shot,
and the Americans and French army soon retreated. Over 800 French and
American soldiers were killed trying to take the fortress. It would be
July 1782, before the British would leave Savannah.
After this battle Walker went back to Duplin county NC. In 1790, Walker
had moved to Sullivan county where he married Jane Horne or Jane House.
They would have 11 children from this Union.
Walker later moved to Claiborne county where he applied for his pension
in 1833. On August 26, 1838, Walker died at age 54.
In the 1840s, a Henry walker settled in the Bear creek region of
Claiborne county and started a ferry service at Walker's ford. During
the Civil war Troops from both sides used the ferry service . On
December 2, 1863, a small skirmish between Union and confederate troops
took place there.