William B. Turner Papers
Scope and Content
This collection contains the papers of William B. Turner, a Union soldier in the American Civil War. His memoir entitled, "Waifs: Or, Rough-Notes of the Life of a Soldier Boy!" was written by Turner about the Battle of the Wilderness from the April 16 and June 1, 1864. The collection also has Turner's discharge papers from the 27th New York Light Battery, a letter from Turner to the Commissioner of Pensions about his pension, and a letter from the Commissioner replying to Turner. The collection includes other military documents and family papers belonging to Turner and family.
- 1864 - 1938
Language of Materials
The materials in the collection are in English.
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research.
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William B. Turner was born December 25, 1834 in Lockport, New York, and lived until February 22, 1912. Turner was a veteran of the American Civil War, during which he served in the Union Army with the 27th New York Light Battery, or the Buffalo Light Battery Company. By the time Turner left the army, he had attained the rank of Sergeant. After he left the army, Turner returned to Buffalo, where he returned to work as a printer. Turner married Caroline Brainerd on February 10, 1870. The two had at least five children together: George Harris, William Brainerd, Richard Heafford, Henry Clay, and Cornelia Elizabeth.
0.1 Cubic Feet (1 folder)
The William B. Turner Papers include a memoir about the Battle of the Wilderness in 1864, discharge and other military papers, correspondence, and family papers. Turner (1834-1912) served during the American Civil War in the Union Army with the 27th New York Light Battery, or the Buffalo Light Battery Company. Following his service, he worked as a printer in Buffalo.
Source of Acquisition
The William B. Turner Papers was purchased by Special Collections and University Archives in 2014.
Rights Statement for Archival Description
The guide to the William B. Turner Papers by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/).
The processing, arrangement, and description of the William B. Turner Papers commenced and completed in August 2022.
- William B. Turner Papers, 1864-1938
- Tyler Williams, Student Worker
- 2022 (CC0 1.0)
- Language of description
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