Meet the Author of "Harvest of Death: The Battle of Jenkins’ Ferry”

About Joe Walker

Joe Walker is a native of Arkansas, growing up in the small southern Arkansas community of Tull (named for his paternal ancestors). While his father's side is known for having numerous ancestors serve in both the Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War, his mother's side has ties to our country's earliest history with two ancestors (William Farrar and Abraham Piersey) among the earliest settlers of the Jamestowne Colony in Virginia.

Writing is a passion for Joe Walker, whose professional career as a 911 Dispatcher with the Little Rock Police Department (now in his twenty-fourth year with the department), affords him an opportunity to research and write on historical topics of interest.

His early interest in archeology resulted in an association with the Arkansas Archeology Society where he worked alongside professional archeologists in locating pre-historic Native American sites alongside the Saline River in southern Arkansas. However his primary interest has always been the Civil War - specifically the battles fought across southern Arkansas.

The Jenkins‘ Ferry battlefield - site of one of the largest civil war battles fought in Arkansas - was located just a few miles from where Joe Walker grew up. This led to countless visits to the Jenkins’ Ferry where his father began sharing the history of the this epic clash along the Saline River. It was these early visits with his father that has led to his lifelong passion of the Battle of Jenkins' Ferry. After discovering new information had been discovered since historian Ed Bearss' 1961 book, "Steele's Retreat and the Battle of Jenkins' Ferry, Arkansas," Joe Walker began a five year project of research and writing with the result being the publication in 2012 of "Harvest of Death: The Battle of Jenkins' Ferry, Arkansas." Since then, Joe Walker has traveled throughout the Trans-Mississippi introducing others to the battle of Jenkins' Ferry as well as conducting tours of the battlefield as it looks today.