IF he did desert, he probably felt he had a good reason. The thing is, it is said he was never seen by any family again. There is rumor that he went to Canada as that is where his ancestors went after leaving France. What we don't know is if there was a witness to the so called desertion. It is not known if he told anybody his plans to desert. As his desertion is said to taken place in Arkansas, that was a Confederate state. If he was caught there, he may have been executed by Confederate sympathizers. I have been in communication with a lady in Canada, and she has been looking for information on Leon Benoit Alexandre Duclos. At this point, nothing has been found. It is possible he changed his name, but no one there would have know his history. Until definite proof of his fate, I have to assume the desertion is a fact. I keep hoping to find out what truly happened to him. I do know his (widow?) Jennie Duclos remarried in 1876 to William James Orr.