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 During the Siege of Louisville his command was superseded by the arrival of General Thomas Jackson.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.
James W. Deaderick
|Chief Justice of Tennessee
Horace H. Lurton
John P. Buchanan
|Governor of Tennessee
Robert Love Taylor