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Confederate (CSV)


William Edward Duncan

(1836 - 1893)

Home State: Texas

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 4th Texas Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

He grew up on a farm in Missouri, and went to Texas in 1857. He married in 1858, and moved to Louisiana, but his wife died of cholera there, and he returned to Texas in 1859. In 1860 he served for 6 months in the State Rangers, fighting with Commanche Indians. He enlisted in Company E, 4th Texas Infantry on 1 July 1861 and was assigned as scout and courier to General Hood, date not given.

On the Campaign

From General Hood's Report:

I would be wrong in not acknowledging the valuable services rendered during the several engagements, in transmitting orders, of the following couriers of this command: M. M. Templeman, T. W. C. Lake, J.P. Mahoney, James Malone, W. E. Duncan, J. A. Mann, W. J. Barbee, W. G. Jesse, J. I. Haggerty, and J. H. Drake.

The rest of the War

He was wounded in action at Chancellorsville, VA in May 1863. He was with his unit to the surrender at Appomattox Court House, VA on 9 April 1865.

After the War

He remained in Virginia for two years and married his second wife there. He went back to Missouri in 1867, and then to Brown County, TX in 1879. He was County Treasurer 1881-82. He moved to Coleman County in 1884.

References & notes

His service from his Compiled Confederate Military Service Records, via the Historical Data Systems database. Details from R.S. Duncan's The Duncan Family Register of Lewis Duncan and Harriet Kinnaird (1905). His gravesite is on Findagrave.


04/14/1836; Lincoln County, MO


11/06/1893; Coleman County, TX; burial in Glen Cove Cemetery, Glen Cove, TX