Corinth in Alcorn County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
At the Center of Siege, Battle, and Occupations,
William Duncan’s Home Witnessed Much Civil War Action
To accommodate his growing family, Duncan built this house at the corner of Bunch and Jackson Streets. Fourteen-foot ceilings and oversized windows kept the home’s interior cool during hot southern summers.
Like the majority of his neighbors, William Duncan opposed secession. However, after Mississippi left the Union on January 1861, he became an ardent supporter of the Confederacy. He briefly served as an assistant quartermaster, helping supply the “Army of 10,000” then organizing in Corinth.
After the Battle of Shiloh, Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard moved his headquarters to the Duncan House, while William took his family south to Rienzi. Too old to fight in the ranks himself, Duncan provided three sons to serve the Confederacy. One would be killed in battle. Following the war, William Duncan returned to Corinth and passed away in 1876. Over the next century, the Duncan House saw many alterations under the Young family and other owners.
In 2014, when a change in ownership threatened its future, Nancy Ann 7 Kenneth Williams purchased the Duncan House, subsequently restoring the exterior to its historic Civil War appearance.
“Corinth was the key to the richness of the Mississippi Valley and the outer gateway to the Eastern South; and so if with these reasons urging Richmond, Corinth and these two essential lines of transportation could not be saved, the future of the Confederacy would be dark indeed.”
William Duncan, “Recollections of Thomas D. Duncan”
“Among the citizens of Old Tishomingo County no one is entitled to more consideration and appreciative remembrance than the Hon. William Lane Duncan.”
History of Old Tishomingo County, Mississippi Territory
“…a man of fine intellect and untiring energy, he possessed a wonderful influence in his country, and was known to be warmly devoted to his personal friends.”
“…he would go through fire and water for a friend…”
Reuben Davis, “Recollections of Mississippi and Mississippians”
Store script from Duncan and Kincaid of Corinth. Collection of Van Hedges
Business of William Duncan on Front Street, Corinth, circa 1863. Collection of Lad Kite.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • War, US Civil. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1861.
Location. 34° 56.298′ N, 88° 31.25′ 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. Strategic Importance of Corinth (here, next to this marker); “A fearful hand-to-hand fight (a few steps from this marker); “All of our trains are ordered to Corinth…” (a few steps from this marker); The Historic Corinth Railroad Junction (a few steps from this marker); “I was in the battle of Shiloh (a few steps from this marker); Raining death and destruction from afar… (a few steps from this marker); Staff Officers (a few steps from this marker); First Steps Toward Citizenship for a Newly Free People (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 25, 2020. This page has been viewed 87 times since then and 13 times this year. Last updated on August 26, 2020, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 25, 2020, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.