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Bell Walker (b. abt 1846) served as an under cook in Company I, 13th Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry. He is one of twenty-three black men known to have served with the regiment, all of whom served as company cooks.

Personal life

Bell Walker was born about 1846 in Hawkins County, Tennessee.

Civil War service

Walker enlisted in Company I on December 1, 1864 at Taylorsville, Tennessee for a period of three years. He mustered in on September 1, 1865 at Knoxville.[1]

At enlistment he was 18 years old, 5' 6" tall, black complexion, black eyes, and black hair. Where he was living at the time of enlistment is not stated, but his occupation was given as farmer.

According to the muster rolls Walker was present every month throughout his service. He mustered out with the regiment on September 5, 1865 at Knoxville. Records state that all pay was owed to him from enlistment, he owed $26.42 to the government for his clothing, and was owed $100 bounty from the government.

Later life

No further information about Taylor nor the location of his grave has been found.


  1. That he was not mustered in for nearly a year after enlistment was often a common oversight.