Historic Elmwood Cemetery & Foundation

Historic Elmwood Cemetery & Foundation

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Henry Martin Duffield

Brevet Major General

Born in Detroit on May 15, 1842, Henry M. Duffield was a prominent attorney and the veteran of two wars. He was the son of Rev. George W. Duffield and Isabella Graham Bethune. He attended public school in Detroit, the University of Michigan and Williams College. He married Frances Pitt on December 29, 1863 and they had seven sons.

Duffield entered service in the Civil War on September 10, 1861 as a private. He was soon promoted to the post of Adjutant in the 9th Michigan Infantry. He was made acting Assistant Adjutant General of the 23rd Brigade on March 18, 1862. Duffield was taken prisoner at Murfreesboro, Tennessee on July 13, 1862. He was exchanged on December 3, 1862 and returned to his regiment. He commanded the mounted Provost Guard for the 14th Army Corps from June to August, 1863. Duffield was wounded in action at Chickamauga, Georgia on September 30, 1863. He was made acting Provost Marshal General from February to May, 1864 and Assistant Provost Marshal General for the Department of Cumberland from May to October, 1864. He was discharged at the end of his service on October 14, 1864.

Duffield returned to Detroit and his law practice. He was an active Republican and took part in politics at every level but did not seek office. In 1898, Colonel Duffield volunteered for the military service and was commissioned Brigadier General. During the Spanish American War, he participated in the siege of Santiago. While in Cuba, he contracted yellow fever and recovered after many months of nursing care. In 1903, he was brevetted the rank of Major General.

Henry Duffield died on July 13, 1912, the 50th anniversary of his first battle in the Civil War at Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Born: May 15, 1842
Died: July 13, 1912
Buried: Section W, Lot 3