The son of John H. & Ann (Sherer) Duchman, in 1860 he was a machinist living in Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He stood 5' 10" tall and had light hair and gray eyes.
A Civil War veteran, he first enlisted and mustered into federal service at Harrisburg April 20, 1861, as a private with Co. F, 1st Pennsylvania Infantry, and honorably discharged with his company June 27, 1861. He then enlisted in Lancaster September 5, 1861, mustered into federal service at Camp Negley, Louisville, Kentucky, September 18, 1861, as a private with Co. B, 79th Pennsylvania Infantry, but one mother later transferred to Co. K, 77th Pennsylvania Infantry, and promoted to 2nd lieutenant the following December 8. He resigned his position effective May 1, 1862, and returned home with an honorable discharge. He re-enlisted and mustered into federal service at Lancaster February 25, 1864, returning to Co. K, 77th Pennsylvania Infantry, this time as a private. He was absent on furlough at muster-out
He married Elizabeth Powell and fathered Sarah (b. @1865), John H. (b. 03/28/67), Ellen L. (b. 07/22/68 - married Jacob D. Aukamp), Harry (b. 05/13/70), and Anna S. (b. 10/25/74 - married Lawrence C. Decker). He is in the 1860 census as "Duckman," suggesting that was how his surname was pronounced.
Elizabeth Powell Duchman