This week in the Civil War for August 24 1864
Alonzo Cushing to receive Medal of Honor

William Died Waving His Sword And Shouting “Victory”

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Thomas Issac Duvall & William Duvall-
 William Died Waving His Sword And Shouting “Victory”

Thomas Duvall (left) and William Duvall (right), along with brother Henderson, enlisted in Company C, 3rd Missouri Infantry on December 10, 1861, at Richmond, Missouri, after prior service in the Missouri State Guard. William was promoted to lieutenant on May 8, 1862.

The Duvalls fought at Carthage, Wilson’s Creek, Lexington, Pea Ridge, Farmington, Iuka and Corinth. On October 4, 1862, Lieutenant William Duvall was killed during the Confederate attack on Corinth, trying to plant the Confederate flag on the Union fortifications. Lieutenant Colonel Finley L. Hubbell, 3rd Missouri Infantry, recorded in his diary that William died waving his sword and shouting “Victory.”

Thomas Duvall and his brother Henderson were later killed at Champion Hill, Mississippi, on May 16, 1863.

Image Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield; WICR 30171

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