(1838 - 1910)
Home State: North Carolina
Branch of Service: Infantry
Age 22, he enlisted as a Private in Company C, 4th North Carolina Infantry on 7 June 1861 in Statesville.
On the Campaign
He was captured at Boonesboro, MD on 15 September 1862 - the day following the regiment's fight at Fox's Gap on South Mountain.
The rest of the War
He was a prisoner at Fort Delaware by about 15 September, paroled and sent to Aiken's Landing, VA for exchange on 2 October, and declared exchanged on 10 November 1862. There is no later military record, and he is presumed to have deserted.
After the War
By 1870 and to at least 1880 he was a farmer and tobacco "manufacturer" at Turnersburg in Iredell County, NC, with other Turners and in-law Gaithers nearby.
References & notes
His service from his Compiled Service Records,1 via fold3 and the Roster.2 Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1870 and 1880. His gravesite is on Findagrave. His picture from a photograph in Greg Mast's State Troops and Vounteers: A Photographic Record of North Carolina’s Civil War Soldiers (Vol I, 1995).
He married Sarah Anne Gaither (1844-1904) in March 1867 and they had 5 children.
There were at least 10 young Turners in the 4th North Carolina Infantry.
11/06/1838; River Hill, NC
01/27/1910; Statesville, NC; burial in Oakwood Cemetery, Statesville,NC
1 US War Department, Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, Record Group No. 109 (War Department Collection of Confederate Records), Washington DC: US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), 1903-1927 [AotW citation 27543]
2 Manarin, Louis H., and Weymouth Tyree Jordan, Matthew M Brown, Michael W Coffey, North Carolina Troops, 1861-1865 : A Roster, 20 Volumes +, Raleigh: North Carolina State Department of Archives and History, 1966- [AotW citation 27544]