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Duncan, Johnson K. (1827-1862) to Mary Grimshaw Duncan

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02457.05 Author/Creator: Duncan, Johnson K. (1827-1862) Place Written: Fort Jackson, Louisiana Type: Autograph note signed Date: April 5, 1862 Pagination: 1 p. ; 10.2 x 18.9 cm. + 1 engraving ; b&w ; 22 x 17 cm.

Summary of Content: Enemy gunboats attacked, trying to reach New Orleans, then retreated. Writes of "another turn at the Enemy today - six gun boats and four frigates having come up to point of woods below. All gone back again, and well." Written to his wife in New Orleans. Johnson K. Duncan was a Confederate Brigadier General in command of the coastal defenses that protected New Orleans, including Fort Jackson and Fort St. Philip. Despite a valiant defense, Union gunboats were able to sail past these positions and on to New Orleans on April 24th. On April 29th both New Orleans and Duncan's forces were forced to surrender. One bust engraving of Duncan included as collateral.

Full Transcript: Fort Jackson, April 5th 1862
We have had another turn at the Enemy today - six gun boats and four frigates having come up to point of woods below. All gone ...back again, and all well.
Mrs. JKDuncan [struck: Brig.]
Care of Maj. J Grimshaw }
69 Bourbon St. N. Orleans}
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People: Duncan, Johnson Kelly, 1827-1862
Duncan, Mary Grimshaw, fl 1862

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Soldiers and CiviliansCivil WarMilitary HistoryConfederate General or LeaderConfederate States of AmericaUnion ForcesBattleWomen's HistoryConfederate Soldier's LetterSoldier's Letter

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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