The War Between The States


Sgt. Clinton Cornelius Duncan

Company A
"Havis's Battery"
14th Battalion
Georgia Light Artillery

Below is a transcription of an original document found in the files of the Sgt. Clinton C. Duncan Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Perry, Georgia. It appears to have been written prior to the death of Judge Duncan and is presented were without alteration.

"Clinton Cornelius Duncan, of Perry, Commander of Houston county camp, No. 880, United Confederate veterans, was born in Houston county, Ga., December 5, 1839 son of James Erskin Duncan and Katherine H. Welch, both natives of North Carolina. His grandfather, Robert Duncan, was a patriot soldier of the Revolution. Mr. Duncan was educated in his home schools and at Collingsworth institute, Talbotton, and had been admitted to the practice of law when the heroic era of the South was ushered in by the inauguration of the Confederate government. When troops were called for to defend the new republic, he enlisted at Perry, in the spring of 1861, in the company of John A. Houser, which was mustered in as Company C of Col. James N. Ramsey’s First Georgia infantry. Beginning as a private, he was made a sergeant before the close of the twelve months’ enlistment. The career of this regiment is well known--its early service at Pensacola, followed by transfer to Virginia; the assignment to the little outpost of the Confederacy at Laurel Hill, in West Virginia, the retreat from that point through the mountains up to Maryland and back again to Monterey, the fighting at Carrick’s Ford, where General Garnett was killed, and the manifold miseries of the mountain campaign without shelter or food. In the winter of 1861-62 they served under Stonewall Jackson in the Shenandoah valley, and in April, 1862, their enlistment having expired, they returned to Georgia. Mr. Duncan then re-enlisted in the Southern Rights battery, commanded by Capt. Joseph Palmer, and later by Capt. M. W. Havis, and was made orderly sergeant of this company, which was noted for gallant service throughout the campaigns of the army of Tennessee. Sergeant Duncan served at the battle of Perryville, Ky., where his brother was severely wounded, and on the return to Tennessee was attached to the command of Gen. John H. Morgan, with whom the battery served for two months. Subsequently they formed part of the reserve artillery under Col. Felix H. Robertson, and participated in the battles of Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, and those of the Hundred Days’ campaign from Dalton to Atlanta, including the battle of Atlanta, July 22, 1864.. Their last campaign was in the Carolinas, and they were surrendered with the army at Greensboro, April 26, 1865. Sergeant Duncan had a worthy part in all this service. At its close he returned to Houston county and resumed the practice of his profession, in which he has attained an honorable prominence. He represented the county in the Georgia legislature in 1868 and 1869, and has been a delegate to three national conventions of the Democratic party. His political services have been of such worth that he was honored in 1892 by appointment as general inspector of Indian agents, by President Cleveland, an office that engrossed his attention during four years. Mr. Duncan was married in 1862 to Eliza Pope, and they have five children. The eldest son, James Pope, is associated with his father in the law practice and has served in the legislature."


Sgt. Duncan died May 8, 1910 and is buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Perry, Georgia. His daughter Stella Duncan Cater (Mrs. R. L. ) was the first President of the Sgt. Clinton C. Duncan Chapter of the UDC when it was formed in May 1921. Charter members also included two of his grand-daughters, Catherine Cater & Eliza Cater Massee (Mrs. W.C.)


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