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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing),
Turner, Thomas 1808- 1883 (search)
Turner, Thomas 1808-1883 Naval officer; born in Washington, D. C., Dec. 23, 1808; entered the navy in April, 1825; was actively engaged in the war with Mexico. In command of the sloop-of-war Saratoga, he captured two Spanish steamers in the harbor of San Antonio, March 6, 1860. In the attack on the forts in Charleston Harbor, in April, 1863, he commanded the New Ironsides. In 1869-70 he commanded the Pacific Squadron. In May, 1868, he was made rear-admiral, and in 1870 retired. He died in Glen Mills, Pa., March 24, 1883.