May 27, 2013 - James Stories    1 Comment

A Lifelong Love

Relationship: my great grandparents

Turner James married Jane Penelope Williams on Christmas Eve of 1867. Jane was just 17 years of age, and Turner was a seasoned veteran of the Civil War at the age of 33.

Turner joined Hilliard’s Legion, 5th Battalion, Company B. in 1862, which was merged later in the year into the 10th Confederate Cavalry Regiment. This regiment was organized at Murfreesboro, by consolidating the battalions of Col. Charles T. Goode and Lt. Col. M. N. Slaughter*–the latter being the cavalry of Hilliard’s Legion, which had passed through the Kentucky campaign. Brigaded under General Pegram, the 10th fought at Monticello, losing 8 killed, 19 wounded, and 62 captured.

After operating in East Tennessee, the regiment raided into Kentucky and fought in a half dozen severe conflicts, losing 160 men in all. Surprised at Jimtown, the regiment lost about 50 men, mostly captured.

At Chickamauga the 10th fought under Gen’l Forrest and again lost heavily. The regiment was often on picket and outpost duty. Placed in Wade’s (afterwards Hume’s and Robinson’s) Brigade, Kelly’s Division, with the First and Third Confederate and a Georgia and Louisiana regiment, the 10th lost heavily at Resaca and New Hope, then performed arduous duty during the Dalton-Atlanta campaign. It was in Wheeler’s last raid, moving as far as Saltville, Virginia.

Having returned to assist Gen’l John Bell Hood, the 10th proceeded to the Carolinas and was engaged at Bentonville. It surrendered with Johnson’s army, 300 strong.

My great grandfather Benjamin James, was born in 1867. The following year, Turner, who had survived all those hellish years of war,fell in a creek, caught pneumonia and died.

His wife Jane, a tiny woman much beloved by her family, mourned him for the rest of her long life.

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  • Wow, so fun to read the story of Jane and Turner James. Never knew she was only 17 when she married. Jane, who was always referred to as ” muvver” by my mother and grandmother, and Turner were my great great grandparents. They had a daughter named Ellen James who married a man with the last name Herd. That is where my family line is. My grandmother and my great aunt Janie Herd Boyd told me stories as a little girl about muvver and chambers county. Figured I had distant cousins but who knew I would find this information online!

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