Friends of Fort Knox Fund Restoration of Grave Stone Belonging to a Sergeant Who Died There
The grave belonging to one of the only people known to have died at historic Fort Knox in Prospect is very important and needed the repairs badly.
In the Fall of 2016 Larry McNamara, a Stockton Springs resident, approached the board asking for funding to repair the cracked and discolored gravestone of a very important person in Fort Knox's history.
This person was Ordnance Sergeant Luke Walker. A man who manned the fort alone as the fort keeper from 1871 until his death there in 1880. His grave was placed in Saint Vincent De Paul Catholic Cemetery, in Bucksport which is where you can see the restored stone today.
According to the Friends of Fort Knox, Walker’s military service spanned four decades and included a post at Fort Pulaski, where he served as an Ordnance Sergeant, before Confederate troops took over the site during the Civil War. He was also married to Katherine Walker who would stay with Walker at the fort with their grand daughter, Ruth Eva O'Day. Katherine is buried next to Luke in the Bucksport cemetery.