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Staff Officers

 
 
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By Tom Bosse, August 23, 2020
1. Staff Officers Marker
Inscription.  Confederate and Union armies occupied Corinth throughout the war and whether planning battles or attending to the details of garrison life, staff officers were a frequent presence in this home. Col. Thomas Jordan, Beauregard’s chief-of-staff and the architect of the Confederate battle plan at Shiloh, was often found at Duncan House. When Gen. Rosecrans took over the home his own chief-of-staff, Lt. Col. Arthur Ducat, was a frequent fixture within the walls of the house.

Gen. Grenville Dodge took command of the Corinth garrison in October, 1862 and moved his HQ into the Verandah House across Bunch Street. The Duncan House served as a workplace for his staff as well as the essential telegraph office. Dodge’s staff at Corinth was a talented group of young men which included three future state representatives, A U.S. Representative, a U.S. Senator, a governor of Iowa, and a U.S. consul to Canton, China.

Major Noel B. Howard, the judge advocate of Gen. Dodge’s staff, moved into the Duncan House in the spring of 1863. Though Major Howard was assigned to the 2nd Iowa Infantry, his staff duties required him to be close to the commanding
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By Tom Bosse, August 23, 2020
2. Staff Officers Marker
Marker is located on the right.
general. Judge Advocate Generals, today referred to as JAG’s, prepared charges and directed military court martials.

“Colonel Howard is a small, pale-faced man, with a weakly voice, and weighing no more than one hundred and fifteen or twenty pounds. A stranger would judge that he had little capacity for physical endurance; but he is as hardy as a knot. He is a model soldier.”
– A.A. Stuart, Iowa Colonels and Regiments

(captions)
Brig. Gen. Grenville Dodge and staff in the yard of the Verandah House. On the table are maps and a scale model of the fortifications of Corinth. Major Howard is standing, third from the right. Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield.

Major Noel B. Howard. Norwich University, 1819-1911.

Above right: Col. Thomas Jordan
Bottom right: Col. Arthur Ducat
Far right: Detail for map drawn by Pvt. Charles Budd, 2nd Iowa Infantry. Shiloh NMP.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
 
Location. 34° 56.301′ N, 88° 31.244′ 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
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By Tom Bosse, August 23, 2020
3. Staff Officers Marker
Marker is located on the left.
this marker. Raining death and destruction from afar… (here, next to this marker); First Steps Toward Citizenship for a Newly Free People (here, next to this marker); Strategic Importance of Corinth (here, next to this marker); The Historic Corinth Railroad Junction (here, next to this marker); “All of our trains are ordered to Corinth…” (here, next to this marker); War in a Railroad Town (a few steps from this marker); “A fearful hand-to-hand fight (a few steps from this marker); At the Center of Siege, Battle, and Occupations, (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Corinth.
 
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Gen. Grenville Dodge, U.S.A. and Staff image. Click for full size.
4. Gen. Grenville Dodge, U.S.A. and Staff
 
 
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 52 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 26, 2020, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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