David Smith Walton (May 2, 1816 - May 9, 1889) was an American civil engineer active in the mid to late 19th century. Walton was born in Otsego County, New York. He worked as a civil engineer on the Erie Canal until 1853, when he relocated to Portsmouth, Virginia. He was commissioned as a major in 1856 to command volunteer militia organization in Norfolk County, the 1st Battalion, 3rd Regimental Virginia Volunteers. As a volunteer regiment, officers were elected, and Walton was twice elected, first as Lt. Colonel, then ad Colonel. He stepped down from this post in 1858 to resume engineering work. During American Civil War (1861 - 1865), he served the Confederate cause. He was assigned to construct a defensive battery along Hospital Point, Portsmouth. After the war, he was hired by the Dismal Swamp Canal Company to evaluation the condition of the canal and consult on improvements.

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