Created: 2 May 2015  

William Ward Duffield, Colonel, 9th Michigan Infantry
Died June 27, 1907, Washington District of Columbia
Buried in Arlington National Cemetery
Virginia, Plot: Section 3, Site 1813

Home: Detroit, Michigan.  Entered service in the 4th Michigan Infantry as Lieutenant Colonel, June 20, 1861, at Adrian, Michigan, for 3 years, age 39.  Commissioned May 16, 1861.  Mustered June 20, 1861.  Resigned Sept. 25, 1861.  Commissioned Colonel, 9th Michigan Infantry, Sept. 10, 1861.  Mustered Oct. 15, 1861.  "On January 9, 1862, he was ordered to Bardstown, Kentucky, to head an officer examining board.  From March 8 to May 14, 1862, he commanded the 23d Brigade of the Army of the Ohio.  On April 11, 1862, he was appointed acting brigadier general (but his appointment was not confirmed by the United States Senate; it was tabled on July 16, 1862).  On May 9, 1862, he was appointed acting military governor of Kentucky.  On July 12, 1862, Duffield arrived in Murfreesboro, Tenn., in command of the 9th Michigan.  The following day the Union garrison, under the overall command of Brigadier General Thomas T. Crittenden, was attacked and defeated by Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest in the First Battle of Murfreesboro.  Colonel Duffield was twice wounded during the attack ... " -  Taken prisoner at Murfreesboro, Tenn., July 13, 1862.  Exchanged Aug. 27, 1862.  Resigned Feb. 6, 1863.  Burial source -