Walthall, Edward Cary
- Thomas C. Mackey
Walthall, Edward Cary (04 April 1831–21 April 1898), Confederate general and U.S. senator, was born in Richmond, Virginia, the son of Barrett White Walthall, a merchant, and Sally Wilkinson. When Barrett White Walthall went bankrupt in 1841, he moved his family, including ten-year-old Edward, to Holly Springs, Mississippi. The young Walthall received a traditional education at St. Thomas Hall, an Episcopal church school in Holly Springs. From his experience on the debate team, he decided to enter the law. After reading law with his brother-in-law, George R. Freedman, in Pontotoc, Mississippi, and being admitted to the bar of Mississippi in 1852 at age twenty-one, Walthall served briefly as the deputy clerk to the circuit court in Holly Springs. He then moved to Coffeeville, Mississippi, in the north central part of the state, where he entered private practice. In 1856 the people of the Tenth Judicial District of Mississippi elected Walthall district attorney. Also in 1856 he married Sophie Bridges, who died within the year. Walthall repeated this pattern of election and marriage three years later, when in 1859 the people of the Tenth District again elected him district attorney and he married his second wife, Mary Lecky Jones. Neither marriage resulted in children, although Walthall adopted the daughter of his second wife....