General Leroy Pope Walker Historical Marker
This historical marker commemorates the life of Confederate General Leroy Pope Walker. Walker was born on 7th February 1817 in Huntsville and served as Secretary of War for the Confederacy during the American Civil War. While some blame Walker for some of the supply problems suffered by the Confederacy, others point out the many handicaps that Walker faced as Confederate states refused to provide supplies to the central government in the quantities requested. After a disagreement with the Confederate President Jefferson Davis, Walker resigned his position but remained active in support of the Confederacy, serving as a brigadier general.
Backstory and Context
Walker was pro-slavery and tried to protect the freedom to own slaves as much as possible. He was a delegate to the Nashville Convention of 1850 where secession was brought up. In 1860 he was the leader of the delegation from Alabama for the national Democratic Convention. When the Democratic party did not support the protection of slavery in new territories, all the Alabama delegates walked out.