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Confederate (CSV)


Edward Samuel Duffey


(1841 - 1926)

Home State: Virginia

Branch of Service: Artillery

Unit: Parker's Richmond (VA) Battery

Before Sharpsburg

Age 19, he enlisted and mustered as Corporal in Kemper's Alexandria Artillery on 17 April 1861. He transferred to Parker's Richmond Battery, Light Artillery on 25 July 1862.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in action Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862:

The fight commenced at break of day, and by sun-rise the smoke of battle hung like a pall over the scene of conflict. Men and horses fall in rapid succession ... Cook, Tumbridge, Duffey, and Bolton are more or less severely stricken.

The rest of the War

He returned to duty on 15 November 1862. He was promoted to Sergeant in March 1863 but reduced to Private in October. He was detailed on 15 January 1864 for recruiting duty, sick in March, and court-martialed in April 1864 for insubordination (results not known). He transferred to Wolfolk's Battery on 15 March 1865.

After the War

By 1870 he owned a jewelry and watchmaking shop in Middleburg, VA and was still the proprietor in 1920.

References & notes

Service information from Musselman,1 via the Historical Data Systems database, as Duffy. The quote above from Royall W. Figg in "Where men only dare to go!" or, The story of a Boy Company (C.S.A.) (1885); thanks to Andy Cardinal for the pointer to that volume. Details from family genealogists and the 1870-1910 US Census. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Amanda Muir Smith (1842-1926) in 1869 and they had 5 children.

His wartime diary is on film in the Genealogy Center collection of the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, IN.

More on the Web

There are at least three September 1925 photographs of him - a seated portrait with a musket, him seated hatless, and a bust view - online from the Library of Congress.


07/25/1841; Alexandria, VA


12/23/1926; Middleburg, VA; burial in Sharon Cemetery, Middleburg, VA


1   Musselman, Homer D., The Caroline Light, Parker and Stafford Light Virginia Artillery, Lynchburg (Va): H.E. Howard, Inc., 1992  [AotW citation 23379]