Capt. Walter Clifford. 7th Infantry, commanding Company E Walter was born about 1838 and lived in Troy, New York. He enlisted in the Union Army in 1860. He served in the Civil War and in the various Indian wars in Minnesota, Dakota Territory, Wyoming and Montana. He married Harriet or Hattie Colwell (1846-1899) in 1865 in Harbor, New York. They had three children. He died 23 February 1883 at Fort Bridger, Wyoming.
In a letter written by Col. Charles A.H. McCauley who served with Capt Clifford in Colorado, 1880, he stated the following: Capt. Clifford is one of the most experienced and daring officers in the service, having sucessfully planned, when in Libby Prison, the escape in February, 1864, by which 109 Union officers got free from Southern walls. He has lately invented the "Clifford stove" for hunting and camping parties.