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Tracy Turner

Obituary of Daniel H. Turner, Huntsville, Alabama.

Capt. Daniel H. Turner, commander of Edgar J. Jones Camp No. 357, U. C. V., died at his home near Huntsville, Ala., on July 25, 1921, in his eightieth year. He was born and reared in this county, and enlisted for the Confederacy as a private under Capt. E. D. Tracy (afterwards General Tracy), in April, 1861. On May 2, at Dalton, Ga., with this and nine other companies of the State was organized the 4th Alabama Infantry, commanded by Col. Egbert Jones, and Captain Tracy's company was afterwards known as Company I. Daniel Turner was afterwards promoted to first lieutenant, and was commander of his company later in the service. He was in the first battle of Manassas and heard General Bee, in order to encourage his men, call attention to the command that Jackson's troops were "standing like a stone wall." from which expression the name of "Stonewall" was afterwards applied to Gen. Thomas J. Jackson.

Captain Turner was wounded at the battle of Gettysburg, and the records show that he was as faithful and gallant a soldier as he after the war proved a faithful and law-abiding citizen. He was for several years commander of his camp, was a member of the Masonic order, and was also a devout member of the Methodist Church, which he served as an offical for several years, and of which his father was a faithful minister. THere were few things that Captain Turner enjoyed more than attending the reunions of his former comrades in arms and talking over the trying times of 1861-65.

After many weeks of illness taps were sounded for him. Funeral services were held at the Methodist church, and then his body was borne in the flower-covered casket, which was draped in his beloved Confederate colors, to Maple Hill Cemetery, at Huntsville, where the last sad rites were performed by his Masonic bretheren and comrades of Egbert J. Jones Camp of Confederate Veterans.

Captain Turner is survived by his second wife, two sons, a daughter and many grandchildren.

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, January, 1920.

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