Peter Turney
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States (Confederate States, 1861-1865)
Date of Birth: 1827
Date of Death: 1903
Cause of Death: Natural causes
Religion: Episcopalian
Occupation: Soldier, Lawyer, Judge, Politician
Spouse: Cassandra Garner (d. 1857), Hannah Graham
Children: 13
Military Branch: Confederate


Political Party: Democratic Party
Political Office(s): Governor of Tennessee
Fictional Appearances:
Southern Victory
POD: September 10, 1862
Appearance(s): How Few Remain
Type of Appearance: Direct
Nationality: Confederate States
Military Branch: Army of Northern Virginia (War of Secession),
Army of Kentucky (Second Mexican War)

Peter Turney (September 22, 1827 – October 19, 1903) was Chief Justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court from 1870 to 1893; and served as the Governor of the U.S. State of Tennessee from 1893 to 1897.

Peter Turney in Southern Victory[]

Peter Turney was a lawyer in Franklin County, Tennessee, when the War of Secession began in 1861. He organized the 1st Tennessee Infantry, Provisional Army, CSA, and served as a colonel of this Regiment during the Battle of Camp Hill, which saw victory for both the Army of Northern Virginia and the Confederacy as a whole. After the war ended, Colonel Turney stayed on in the army.

By 1881 and the Second Mexican War, Turney was a brigadier general commanding the Army of Kentucky. During the Siege of Louisville his command was superseded by the arrival of General Thomas Jackson. Although relegated to second in command, Turney didn't mind, and he served Jackson faithfully. Like many Confederates, Turney was worried about manumitting the slaves and wondered how the Confederacy would be able to defend itself without them.

When the Yankees crossed the Ohio River, Turney was in command of forces on the water front, thus receiving the brunt of the invasion. Although forced back into the city, he was none the less able to halt the Yankees within. He continued to fight in the city until the 2nd cease fire, and finally, when the US Forces left in January 1882.

Political offices
Preceded by
James W. Deaderick
Chief Justice of Tennessee
Succeeded by
Horace H. Lurton
Preceded by
John P. Buchanan
Governor of Tennessee
Succeeded by
Robert Love Taylor