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First Name: Henry

Last Name: Turner

Birthplace: King George County, VA, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Middle Name: Smith

Date of Birth: 1811

Date of Death: 16 December 1881

Rank: Major

Years Served:
Henry Smith Turner


Henry Smith Turner
Major, U.S. Army

Henry Smith Turner was born in April 1811 in King George County, VA. His mother was a member of the prominent Randolph family of Virginia.

After graduating from the U.S. Military Academy, Lt. Turner was chosen with two other officers to attend the Royal School of Cavalry in France. At that time, the French led the world in the perfection of their cavalry service. Lt. Turner, with the help of another office, translated and adapted the French tactics with some modification, for the Cavalry branch of the U.S. Army. It became a standard authority.

He later became associated with James H. Lucas and General William Tecumseh Sherman in the banking business.

Death and Burial

Major Henry Smith Turner died on 16 December 1881 in St. Louis, MO. He is buried at Calvary Cemetery and Mausoleum in St. Louis.

Honoree ID: 3162   Created by: MHOH




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