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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1831

Vol. I

(Born Va.)

George W. Turner

(Ap'd Va.)


Born Jan. 11, 1811.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1827, to July 1, 1831, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 1st Artillery, July 1, 1831.

Second Lieut., 1st Artillery, July 1, 1831.

Served: at the Military Academy, as Asst. Professor of Mathematics, Aug. 31, 1831, to Jan. 20, 1832; in garrison at Charleston harbor, S. C., 1832‑33, during South Carolina's threatened nullification; in garrison at Ft. Trumbull, Ct., 1835, and Ft. Johnston, N. C., 1835‑36; and in the Florida War against the Seminole Indians, 1836, being engaged in the Skirmish of Okihumphy Swamp, Mar. 30, 1836.

Resigned, June 30, 1836.

 p474  Civil History. — Principal of Academy, Charlestown, Va., 1847‑49. Farmer, Rippon, Jefferson County, Va., 1837‑59.

Killed, Oct. 17, 1859, at Harper's Ferry, Va.,
by John Brown's Raiding Party which invaded Virginia:​a Aged 49.

Buried, Zion Episcopal Churchyard, Charles Town, WV.

Thayer's Note:

a The details of his death are recounted by an eyewitness of the raid (if probably not of that specific event), on this page at the University of Virginia.

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