ASHBY, TURNER (1824-1862), American cavalry leader in
the Confederate army, was born in Fauquier county, Virginia,
in 1824. Before the Civil War he was a planter in Markham,
Fauquier county, and a local politician. When hostilities
began he raised a regiment of cavalry, which he led with conspicuous
success in the Valley campaigns of 1861-62, under
Joseph Johnston and Stonewall Jackson. He was promoted a
brigadier-general shortly before his death, which took place in
a cavalry skirmish at Harrisonburg, Va., on the 6th of June
1862. By his early death the Confederates lost one of the best
cavalry officers in their service.
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