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Confederate (CSV)


Duncan Green Campbell

(1835 - 1888)

Home State: Virginia

Branch of Service: Staff

Unit: McLaws' Division

Before Sharpsburg

He studied engineering in Austria before the war. He was appointed Lieutenant, Engineer Corps, CSA, and was volunteer Engineering Officer to General G.W. Smith in September 1861 and commissioned as such on 15 February 1862. He then served on the staffs of Generals D.R. Jones (March 1862) and McLaws (date not known).

On the Campaign

He was on the Maryland Campaign on General McLaws' staff. After Sharpsburg the General reported:

To ... Lieutenant Campbell, of the Engineers [and others] ... I am indebted for their zeal and activity; their gallantry was conspicuous in the performance of their duties.

The rest of the War

He was EO on General Kershaw's staff in October and November 1862, but was back with General McLaws at Fredericksburg in December and served with him into 1863. He was assigned as Engineering Officer at Charleston, SC in September 1863 and was promoted to Captain on 17 March 1864. He was paroled on 28 April 1865.

After the War

By 1870 he was living in New Orleans, LA and was a practicing lawyer in partnership with his father, who had settled there in 1865. By 1880 he was living on a farm in Prince George's County, MD.

References & notes

Basic service from the List 1 and Staff Officers in Gray.2 Personal details from family genealogists and Henry G. Connor's John Archibald Campbell, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, 1853-1861 (1920). His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He was the only son of John Archibald Campbell (1811-1899), who was Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court (1853-1861) and Assistant Secretary of War in the Confederate government (1862-65), and Anne Esther Goldthwaite (1804-1883). He was probably named for his paternal grandfather Duncan Green(e) Campbell for whom Campbell County, Georgia was named. Our Duncan married Ella S. Calvert (1840-1902) in 1861 and they had four children together. She probably lived in Richmond with her father-in-law during the war.


12/07/1835; Mobile, AL


03/13/1888; Washington, DC; burial in Green Mount Cemetery, Baltimore, MD


1   US War Department, List of Staff Officers of the Confederate States Army, 1861-1865, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1891, pg. 27  [AotW citation 21290]

2   Krick, Robert E.L., Staff Officers in Gray; A Biographical Register of the Staff Officers in the Army of Northern Virginia, Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2003, pg. 90  [AotW citation 21291]