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  • Writer's pictureKirk Jenkins

Remembering Private Calvin Duvall, Company A of the Fifteenth Kentucky

My distant cousin Calvin Duvall was born on December 27, 1840 in either Cincinnati or Shelby County, Kentucky – records conflict. He was the son of Mareen Duvall (an ancestral name carried for generations in his family from their French descent) and Nancy Ann Thompson. He was 5’7” with a light complexion, blue eyes, and light hair. He was a farmer. Private Duvall was captured at the Battle of Stones River, December 31, 1862. He was exchanged January 26, 1863 at City Point, Virginia and deserted August 21, 1863, back home in Shelby County. Duvall was a farmer near Simpsonville for a number of years after the war. In 1886, he moved to Milo, Missouri, where he owned a house and an interest in a stockyard. Duvall was killed near Milo on April 16, 1892 in a railroad accident. He is buried in Grove Hill Cemetery in Shelby County, Kentucky. There is no evidence that he ever married.

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