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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1834

Vol. I

(Born Va.)

Henry S. Turner

(Ap'd Va.)


Henry Smith Turner: Born Apr. 1, 1811, King George County, VA.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, Sep. 1, 1830, to July 1, 1834, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 1st Dragoons, July 1, 1834.

Served: on frontier duty at Ft. Des Moines, Io., 1834‑35, — Sioux

(Second Lieut., 1st Dragoons, Aug. 15, 1835)

Country, 1835, — and Ft. Des Moines, Io., 1835‑36; as Adjutant, 1st Dragoons, at Regimental headquarters, June 1, 1836, to Nov. 17, 1838;

(First Lieut., 1st Dragoons, Mar. 3, 1837)

as Aide-de‑Camp to Brig.‑General Atkinson, Apr. 17 to July 2, 1839; on

(Capt., Staff — Asst. Adjutant-General, Nov. 17, 1838, to Apr. 16, 1839)

professional duty at the Cavalry School of Saumur, in France, and assisting in the preparation of Cavalry Tactics for the U. S. Service, Aug. 9, 1839, to Apr. 5, 1841; on frontier duty at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., 1841‑42, — as Adjutant, 1st Dragoons, Dec. 1, 1841, to June 17, 1846, — Ft. Gibson, I. T., 1842, — and Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., 1842; in garrison at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1842‑43, — and St. Louis, Mo., 1843‑45; as Acting Asst. Adjutant-General, 3d Military Department, July, 1844, to Sep. 4, 1846, — on Expedition through South Pass of the Rocky Mountains,

(Captain, 1st Dragoons, Apr. 21, 1846)

and at headquarters in St. Louis, Mo., 1845; in the War with Mexico, 1846‑47, as Acting Asst. Adjutant-General of the Army of the West, participating in the Combat of San Pasqual, Cal., Dec. 6, 1846,​a where he was wounded by a lance, — Skirmish of San Bernardo, Cal., Dec. 7, 1846, — Passage of the San Gabriel River, Cal., Jan. 8, 1847, —

(Bvt. Major, Dec. 6, 1846,
for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct in the Battles of San Pasqual, San Gabriel, and Plains of Mesa, Cal.)

and Skirmish on the Plains of Mesa, Jan. 9, 1847; and as a Witness before the Court Martial for the trial of Lieut.‑Colonel Fremont, 1847‑48.

Resigned, July 21, 1848.

Civil History. — Farmer, near St. Louis, Mo., 1848‑53. Asst. Treasurer  p579 of the United States, at St. Louis, Mo., 1850‑53. Banker, San Francisco, Cal., 1853‑57. Member of the House of Representatives of the State of Missouri, 1859‑61. Farmer, near St. Louis, Mo., 1857‑63. President of the Union National Bank of St. Louis, Mo., 1863‑69, and of the Lucas Bank, 1869‑74. Member of the City Council of St. Louis, Mo., 1874‑76.

Died, Dec. 16, 1881, at St. Louis, Mo.: Aged 70.

Buried, Calvary Cemetery, St. Louis, MO.

Thayer's Note:

a For Capt. Turner's actions at San Pasqual and its immediate aftermath, see Parts 3 thru 7 of the battle narrative at the San Pasqual Battlefield website.

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