Turner Ashby

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Turner Ashby, a native of Virginia, was born at "Rose Bank," Fauquier County, October 23, 1828, and was educated by his mother, by private tutors, and at Major Ambler's school. Before the war he engaged in business and in the operation of a farm near his birthplace. At the time of John Brown's raid, Ashby, a singularly gifted horseman and natural leader, gathered some mounted men and rode to Charles Town (now in West Virginia), only to find that Brown was already in jail. Upon the secession of Virginia he engaged in helping picket the Potomac, his command later being incorporated into the 7th Virginia Cavalry. He rose from captain to colonel of the regiment in the space of a few months, and was engaged mainly in scouting and outpost duty until the spring of 1862. In command of all of Stonewall Jackson's cavalry, he participated brilliantly in the famous Shenandoah Valley campaign of that year, and was promoted brigadier general on May 23,1862. After the pursuit of the Federal General Banks to Harpers Ferry and during Jackson's subsequent withdrawal up the Valley, General Ashby was killed on June 6, 1862, while fighting a rear guard action a few miles south of Harrisonburg. A monument marks the spot where he fell. He is buried in Stonewall Cemetery, Winchester, Virginia.

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Ref: Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders by Ezra J. Warner.  Printed by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London.