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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1849

Vol. II

(Born Pa.)

Johnson K. Duncan

(Ap'd O.)


Johnson Kelly Duncan: Born Mar. 19, 1827.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1845, to July 1, 1849, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 2d Artillery, July 1, 1849.

Served: in Florida Hostilities against the Seminole Indians, 1849‑50;

(Second Lieut., 3d Artillery, Oct. 31, 1849)

in garrison at Ft. Sullivan, Me., 1850‑52, — and Ft. Preble, Me., 1852,

(First Lieut., 3d Artillery, Dec. 24, 1853)

1852‑53; and as Assistant on Northern Pacific Railroad Exploration, Apr. 14, 1853, to Dec. 9, 1854.

Resigned, Jan. 31, 1855.

Civil History. — Superintendent of Repairs of New Orleans, La., Branch Mint Marine Hospital, and Quarantine Warehouse, and Pass à L'Outre Boarding Station, La., 1856‑59. Civil Engineer, Surveyor, and Architect, New Orleans, La., 1859‑60. Chief Engineer of the Board of Public Works of the State of Louisiana, 1860‑61.

Joined in the Rebellion of 1861‑66 against the United States.​a

Died, Dec. 18, 1862, at Knoxville, Ten.: Aged 36.

Buried, McGavock Confederate Cemetery, Franklin, TN.

Thayer's Note:

a As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record: a quick fix can be got from the Find-a‑Grave page linked above. and other webpages.

For the New Orleans "Know-Nothing" insurrection of 1858 though, in which Duncan played so large a part, see Kendall's History of New Orleans, pp215‑223, with a portrait of him and further links; and for a detailed account of his leader­ship in taking the forts for the State of Louisiana at the beginning of the War between the States, see Kendall's Chapters 15 (The Passage of the Forts) and 16 (The Surrender of the City).

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