Corinth in Alcorn County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
“I was in the battle of Shiloh
Here in his boyhood home Thomas Dudley Duncan penned the story of those wartime experiences.
In April 1861, fifteen-year-old Duncan enlisted in the “Corinth Rifles” infantry company. However, his father William Duncan insisted young Thomas transfer to the cavalry, on account of his “youth and rather fragile body.”
With a “good horse” provided by his father, Duncan served as a scout in the weeks leading up to the battle of Shiloh. As he “knew the country around Corinth,” he often guided arriving troops to their encampment sites.
On the eve of Shiloh, Duncan observed Union camps “absolutely unaware” of the approaching Confederates. He noted many “Confederate lay down in line of battle to rest and slumber, realizing the danger of the coming morn and the certainty that for many the next sunrise would be the last on earth.”
After the defeated southern army returned to Corinth, the chief Confederate engineer drew on Tom Duncan’s knowledge of the hills and roads around the city to assist in locating trenches and artillery positions for the “Beauregard Line”. This seven-mile-long series of earthworks became the main defense for Corinth’s vital railroad crossing.
Throughout the war Thomas Duncan served under General Nathan Bedford Forrest. He returned to Corinth as a veteran of 52 battles. Duncan worked in a cabinet shop until appointed Postmaster. He restored a rundown Duncan House to its pre-war condition, married Miss Juliette Elgin, and here raised his family.
Left: Thomas D. Duncan, age 15, in uniform of the "Tishomingo Rangers". Recollections of Thomas D. Duncan
Right: Cover of Recollections of Thomas D. Duncan
1866 Pictorial History of the Civil War (1880)
1886 Battles and Leaders of the Civil War
1920 Janet Krohn.
1976 Rosemary Taylor Williams
2014 Mona Lisa Grady.
(Background image) Duncan House – 2016, Woody Harrell
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • War, US Civil. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1861.
Location. 34° 56.303′ N, 88° 31.251′ W. Marker is in Corinth, Mississippi, in Alcorn County. Marker is at the intersection of Polk Street and East Linden Street, on the right when traveling north on Polk Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Corinth MS 38834, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. “A fearful hand-to-hand fight (here, next to this marker); “All of our trains are ordered to Corinth…” (here, next to this marker); The Historic Corinth Railroad Junction (here, next to this marker); War in a Railroad Town (here, next to this marker); Raining death and destruction from afar… (here, next to this marker); First Steps Toward Citizenship for a Newly Free PeopleAt the Center of Siege, Battle, and Occupations, (a few steps from this marker); Strategic Importance of Corinth (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Corinth.
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 27, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 26, 2020, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 124 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 26, 2020, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.