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DUNCAN, James, soldier, born in Cornwall, New York, in September 1810; died in Mobile, Ala., 3 July 1849. He was graduated at the U. S. military academy in 1834, and became 2d lieutenant in the 3d artillery. After serving a year on garrison duty in Savannah, Georgia, he became assistant professor of mathematics at the military academy. This office he relinquished to engage in the Florida war, and was wounded at Ouithlacoochie. He became 1st lieutenant in November 1836, and thereafter served on frontier and garrison duty till 1845. In April 1846, he was made captain, and subsequently participated in the battles of Palo Alto, Resaca de la Palma, Monterey, Cerro Gordo, Churubuseo, and Molino del Rey; the assault of Chapultepec, and the capture of Mexico, receiving the brevets of major, lieutenant colonel, and colonel. From 1849 till his death he was inspector general, with the rank of colonel.
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