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ASHBY, Turner, soldier, born at Rose Hill, Fauquier County, Virginia. in 1824; killed in action near Harrisonburg, 6 June 1862. He was a grandson of Captain Jack Ashby, who commanded a company in the 3d Virginia regiment in the revolutionary war. During early life he was a grain-dealer in Markham, Virginia, and afterward a planter and local politician. On the breaking out of the civil war he raised a regiment of cavalry, and, being a fine horseman, a soldier by nature, and possessed of remarkable personal daring, he soon distinguished himself. He was made a Brigadier-General in the confederate provisional army in 1862, but met his death shortly afterward in a skirmish preceding the battle of Cross Keys, Virginia
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