William Ward Duffield
Brigadier General, United States Army
By Monie Matthews
William Ward Duffield was born at Carlisle, Pennsylvania, November 19, 1824, the son of
Reverend George Duffield & Isabella Bethubne Duffield. He married Annie Louise Ladue
in 1854, and their children were Will Ward Duffield, 1858-1939, and Louise Angel
Duffield, 1855-1941. William was educated at Columbia University, where he graduated,
in 1843, with a degree in Engineering.
Duffield fought in the Mexican War with a Tennessee regiment. He went to California as a
paymaster after the war and qualified as a founding member in the Society of California
When the Civil War broke out, he recruited a unit and commanded the 3rd Michigan
Infantry Regiment. He resigned before they left the state and then commanded the 9th
Michigan Infantry Regiment, in October, 1861, as a Colonel.
Colonel Duffield was recognized as a just man and was appointed to the Military Board of
Review, in January 1862. He wrote the "School of the Brigade and the Evolution of the
Line", in 1862. He was Military Commander of the State of Kentucky, in May & June,
1862, and promoted to Brigadier General. He was wounded and captured at the battle of
Murfreesboro, Tennessee, in June, 1862. General Duffield was discharged after a lengthy
Following the Civil War, William managed coal mines in Pennsylvania, Michigan and
Kentucky for several years and also surveyed for railroads. I n 1894, he was appointed as
head of the Coastal & Geodetic Survey in Washington, D.C. He left office when William
McKinley was elected President and lived in Washington, D. C. until his death.
Duffield died, in June, 1907, and was buried in Section 3 of Arlington National Cemetery.
Fort Duffield Heritage Committee, West Point, Kentucky, 502-922-4222, FortDuffield@gmail.com