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Obituary of Charles Carven Turner, Columbia, Missouri.

Charles Carven Turner, son of Thomas and Maria Turner, was born at Brown's Station, Mo., December 10, 1842, and died in May, 1922.

Mr. Turner received the Cross of Honor from the John S. Marmaduke Chapter at Columbia, Mo., on July 6, 1921. He fought under Price in several battles in Missouri, among which were the battles of Carthage, Springfield, and Lexington. At Carthage, Sigel's army withdrew during the night and retreated to Springfield. Price followed and was soon after surprised by the combined armies of Sigel and Lyons. It was in this battle that Lyons was killed. The death of their brave leader, combined wiht the skillful maneuvering of Price, soon turned the surprise into a Confederate victory.

Mr. Turner was a member of the guard that escorted the body of Lyons to the home of Colonel Phelps, a Northern leader, four miles Southeast of Springfield. Mrs. Phelps refused to let the Confederates bury the body of General Lyons, but gave them a good supper. The Confederates kept the mane and tail of General Lyon's dapple gray horse and distributed the hair among themselves as souvenirs.

The escort got back to Springfield in time to join the main army in chasing Sigel out of the country. Price then decided to take in Mulligan, who passed at Lexington. There were several small skirmishes with Kansas troops on the way, but none of importance. In the maneuvers that followed, Price captured Mulligan's entire army.

(Columbia Chapter, U. D. C.)

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, November, 1922.

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