Rank and organization: Ordinary Seaman, U.S.
Navy. Born: 1845, Frankfort, Pa. Accredited to: Pennsylvania. G.O. No.:
32, 16 April 1864. Citation: Served on board the U.S.S. Fort Hindman
during the engagement near Harrisonburg, La., 2 March 1864. Following a
shellburst at one of the guns which started a fire at the cartridge tie,
Duncan immediately seized the burning cartridge, took it from the gun and
threw it overboard, despite the immediate danger to himself. Carrying out
his duties through the entire engagement, Duncan served courageously
during this action in which the Fort Hindman was raked severely with shot
and shell from the enemy guns.