Who was Turner anyway?

Who was Turner anyway?

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Field Musicians Wanted!

A Turner Bugler, 2004

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Turner Brigade--News

Turners at Keokuk, IA, 2001

Three Turner soldiers catch up on the latest news as reported by Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper and Harper’s Weekly at the Keokuk reenactment in April 2001.

Company M featured in Missouri Humanities Council publication

Co. M at Harney 2015

The February 2015 issue of Passages, the publication of the Missouri Humanities Council, features a photo of a Company M crew demonstrating artillery drill at the Harney mansion on August 30, 2014. Members of the Turner Brigade turned out at the Sullivan, MO, site to help open the house’s display of the traveling exhibit “A State Divided: The Civil War in Missouri.”


Updated Book on Battle of Pilot Knob Will Debut at September 2014 Reenactment

Thunder in the Arcadia Valley

Cover of The Battle of Pilot Knob: Thunder in the Arcadia Valley

Company E member Scott House has recently rewritten the book on the Battle of Pilot Knob, reevaluating the historical record to update Bryce Suderow’s 1984 account. The revised edition of The Battle of Pilot Knob: Thunder in the Arcadia Valley will debut at the September 2014 reenactment and be available at the Fort Davidson State Historic Site Visitors’ Center. Amazon will have it immediately upon printing, and Barnes & Noble will carry it if people ask for it. The book is over 450 pages with more than 25 new maps drawn by Scott. Southeast Missouri State University Press is sponsoring this program in partnership with the Missouri Humanities Council and with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Here is the book information:

The Battle of Pilot Knob: Thunder in Arcadia Valley
by Bryce A. Suderow and R. Scott House
Copyright 2014: Southeast Missouri State University Press
Softcover: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-9903530-2-7
First published in 2014 by
Southeast Missouri State University Press
One University Plaza, MS 2650
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701


Civil War Trust Acknowledges Turner Donation to Vicksburg Preservation

The Association of the Turner Brigade authorized the contribution of $250 from the Association’s Preservation Fund to the Civil War Trust for preservation of a portion of the Vicksburg battlefield. The Trust acknowledged the receipt of the donation with the following letter.

Thank you from CWT


Company M Featured on Missouri Civil War Tourism Brochure Cover

Missouri Battle Lines:  A look into Missouri's Civil War past.

Missouri Battle Lines: A look into Missouri’s Civil War past.

The cover of Missouri Battle Lines: A look into Missouri’s Civil War past, a brochure produced by the Missouri Division of Tourism, features a photo of two Company M artillery crews in action at a reenactment probably in 2006 or 2007. The brochure lists Civil War sites around the state and describes Missouri’s role in the conflict.


6th Missouri Cavalry Regimental Flag Repatriated

Co. C receives symbolic flag.

Jim Flint Smith, of Company C, 5th Missouri Cavalry, receives a symbolic flag from a Confederate reenactor at the ceremony.

Program title page.

The title page of the program shows the repatriated flag.

Members of Company C, 5th Missouri Cavalry, Turner Brigade, recently participated in a very special event: the repatriation of a Civil War battle flag. This flag that once flew at the head of a column of the gallant men of the 6th Missouri Cavalry during the Civil War, returned again to the battlefield at Pea Ridge, Arkansas. For three days in March of 1862, the flag waved in the wind guiding a long blue line of Yankee troopers as they clashed with the Confederate army threatening Missouri’s southern border.

The flag was not captured in the Battle of Pea Ridge, but stayed with the Regiment until the end of the war, when it returned home with Colonel Thomas Clark Wright, the Regimental Commander. Over the decades it passed through many hands and was nearly lost to history before being donated to the Arkansas Historical Commission. The flag, which is now framed and mounted under glass, is made of blue silk, fringed with gold. Hand painted on the silk is the Union Coat of Arms (an eagle and shield) under a field of thirteen gold stars.

On March 20th, 2014, in a ceremony at the Pea Ridge National Military Park, many dignitaries from Arkansas and Missouri spoke about the history of the flag, and the significance of its repatriation. The symbolic transfer of the banner from the holdings of the Arkansas Historical Commission to the care and custody of the Missouri State Museum was conducted by Civil War reenactors in authentic period attire. Members of Arkansas Reenactors Education Association presented a symbolic replica to a color guard from Company C of the 5th Missouri Cavalry Regiment. The members of the 5th Missouri Cavalry were Wayne Sampson, Flint Smith, and Paul Shetley, who are also members of the General Asboth Camp of the Sons of Union Veterans. The flag is now home in the collection of the Missouri State Museum in Jefferson City.


Turner Brigade Spring Drill Featured as Civil War Event on Missouri State Tourism Web Site


The Missouri Department of Economic Development’s visitmo.com tourism website lists the Turner Brigade March 29 Spring Drill at the Fort Davidson State Historic Site in Pilot Knob, MO, as one of four Civil War events it highlights in 2014.  Unfortunately, the accompanying picture does not show Union Turner Brigade troops, but Confederates.  We’ll have to work on that.


Turner Brigade, Member Skip Korte Win Awards of Excellence

2013 Award of Excellence-The Turner Brigade

Company G member Skip Korte

Company G member Skip Korte–Living History Company’s 2013 Best Historic Fictional Character

It’s official. We are now the award-winning Turner Brigade. On November 8, 2013, when winners of the Living History Awards of Excellence in reenacting were announced at the Time Travelers Ball at the Stegton Regency Banquet Center in St. Charles, MO,  the Turner Brigade was named best historic group of 2013, and Turner member Skip Korte (Union soldier) was honored as best historic fictional character.  The contest was sponsored by the Living History Company, a Missouri not-for-profit corporation providing education and additional resources for reenactors.  On–line voting was done from a slate of candidates nominated in five categories.  The other winners were John Campbell as Wild Bill Hickok (Historic Character/interpreter), Boone Trails Days (Historic Event), and Fort de Chartres, Prairie du Rocher, Illinois (Historic Venue).

Congratulations to all of this year’s nominees and winners!


Company C, 5th Missouri Cavalry Becomes an Official Unit of the Turner Brigade

5th Missouri Cavalry at Memorial Day ceremonies at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery 2013.

At the 2013 Spring Drill association meeting, Emmett Taylor, acting on behalf of Company C, 5th Missouri Cavalry, asked that his unit become officially affiliated with the Turner Brigade. The By-Laws of the Association require that at least 5 members of any unit wishing to be officially affiliated with the brigade be members of the association.

Over the last six months, it has been verified that a sufficient number of members of the 5th Cavalry meet that criterion. All of the brigade unit leaders have given their assent to accepting the 5th as a brigade unit. This procedure was consented to by the voting membership present at the Spring Drill meeting.

As of this time, therefore, the 5th MO Cavalry is an official unit of the Turner Brigade. It will be a pleasure to have them fighting alongside of us on future battlefields as it has been a pleasure working with them in the past. I want to ask that all join me in welcoming them into the ranks!

Steve Allen
Association of the Turner Brigade


Civil War Trust Acknowledges Turner Donation to Chickamauga Preservation

The Executive Board of the Association of the Turner Brigade authorized the contribution of $400 from the Association’s Preservation Fund to the Civil War Trust for preservation of the Reed’s Bridge portion of the Chickamauga battlefield. The Trust acknowledged the receipt of the donation with the following letter.

Civil War Trust Thank You


New Books by Turner Member Anita Quick

Civil War Camp Songs      The American Civil War from A to Z

Two new books by Turner member Anita Quick are available for order on October 24, 2012.

Civil War Camp Songs is a unique addition to any library, packed with period lyrics and lavishly illustrated with five years’ worth of reenactment and battlefield photography that brings the past to life.

The book features a foreword from Bobby Horton, acclaimed music historian, performer, and composer who has scored thirteen of Ken Burns’ documentaries, including The Civil War and Baseball.

With notes and photographs by Anita Quick, Civil War reenactor and direct descendent of Andersonville survivor Samuel Marlow, 65th Indiana Infantry, Co. F.; 112 pages, 8 ½” x 11″. Available November 2012, suggested retail $20.00.

The American Civil War from A to Z is a treasure trove of Civil War facts, arranged as a mini-encyclopedia and illustrated with color photographs of artifacts, battlefields, and Civil War reenactments, where living historians educate the public about the war that divided, then defined the United States of America.

A book for all ages, The American Civil War from A to Z is well-researched and includes an extensive bibliography for further reading.

Written and illustrated by author/photographer Anita Quick, Civil War reenactor and direct descendent of Andersonville survivor Samuel Marlow, 65th Indiana Infantry, Co. F.; 56 pages, 8 ½” x 11″. Available November 2012, suggested retail $15.00.

Anita’s books are available through Adler Dry Goods, James Country Mercantile store and website, the DeMenil Mansion gift shop, and online at Amazon.com. Retail inquiries should be sent to longbranchpublishing@gmail.com.


Adlers Open Store in Wildwood, Missouri

Adler's Dry Goods Store

Turner members Knox and Mary Adler, proprietors of Adler’s Dry Goods, have just opened a store in the St. Louis area at 16953 Manchester Road in Wildwood. The store is located one mile east of the intersection of Eatherton Road (Highway 109) and Manchester Road in the area known as Grover, across from Imogene’s. Their “Grand Opening” was December 1, and they will be serving cookies and coffee throughout the entire month of December to celebrate their opening. Hours are Monday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

They have most of the merchandise from their sutler tent and some additional merchandise that will be available only at the store. They have clothing and accessories for reenactors and some Medieval and early 1900’s decorator items and accessories.

Some of the Civil War related products they have for sale are:

  • Ladies Undergarments (socks, bloomers, petticoats, robes, night gowns)
  • Ladies Shawls and mitts (both Crocheted and Knitted)
  • Ladies Dresses
  • Ladies hair accessories
  • Men’s military trousers, vests and sack coats
  • Men’s Suspenders, Canteens, Holsters, Belts, Kepis and Haversacks
  • Some children’s clothing
  • Hand blown glassware and porcelain tea sets
  • Sewing, Knitting and Crochet accessories
  • Wood, stone and bone boxes, some with scrimshaw designs
  • Books, some reprinted from original 1800’s manuscripts
  • Ink wells, pens and ink tablets
  • Jewelry (including historic reproductions commemorative medallions, and rings)
  • Confederate and Federal Swords, Sabers, Knives and Compasses
  • Hats, Bonnets, and children’s Civil War Kepis
  • Hand made, real Coon Skin Hats and others hats made from furs of opossum and other animals.
  • Reproduction toy pistols and rifles for children
  • Toy Soldiers of the Civil War
  • Various other children’s toys including Tops, Catch balls, Yoyos, Harmonicas, wood and tin flutes.
  • Candy, including sticks and rock candy
  • Other miscellaneous accessories including cookware, eating and serving utensils, sewing items and more.

The store’s phone number is (636)273-1009.


Turner Brigade Recognized for Contributions to Museum of Transportation Civil War Exhibit

Museum of Transportation Certificate
The Museum of Transportation in St. Louis County, Missouri, recently opened its special exhibit on transportation of the Civil War, “Roads, Rivers & Rails,” presenting how these modes of transportation affected the conduct of the war. This is the first special exhibit of its type that the Museum has ever mounted. In thanking those groups and individuals who helped make the exhibit possible, the Museum recognized the Turner Brigade as one of its contributors. Several Turner members assisted Museum curators in acquiring exhibit items, especially at the Swap Meet. Co. G member Bill Baehr wrote several of the text panels in the exhibit and provided some replica items for display. The exhibit is open until the end of 2013.


Jefferson Barracks School of the Piece Hailed as One of the Country’s Best

Ethan Barnett at the 2011 School of the Piece in St. Louis

NCWAA Chairman Ethan Barnett instructs drill at the school of the piece at Jefferson Barracks.

by Anita Quick

They came from as far away as Wyoming to attend the June 25, 2011, School of the Piece at Jefferson Barracks in south St. Louis County, Missouri, co-sponsored by the National Civil War Artillery Association and the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Sons of Veterans Reserve. The sky threatened rain, but the weather held long enough for 74 artillerists to be instructed on field guns, mountain howitzers, or both.

The school was organized by Randy Baehr, Chief Inspector for NCWAA Region XII, and 2011’s winner of the George MacDonald Award for his outstanding contributions to the NCWAA, and Jack Grothe, Commander, 4th Military District, SVR. Six local instructors were Mike McCubbins, Henry Leady, Charles Tullock and Virginia Wagner of the Turner Brigade’s Co. M, 1st Missouri Light Artillery, and Danny Tolka and Larry Stephens of the 1st Illinois Light Artillery, Co. D.

Participants were primarily Union and Confederate reenactors from branches of service that included artillery, infantry, cavalry, engineers, and navy. The day began with 7:30 a.m. registration, then moved indoors for classroom testing and instruction led by Jack Grothe and Virginia Wagner.

Following the written test, artillerists returned to the field, where NCWAA Chairman Ethan Barnett detailed the responsibilities and safety concerns of each cannon position. Ethan was assisted in his demonstrations by NCWAA Treasurer John Clark. Randy Baehr then issued crew assignments, and training began on seven replica pieces of artillery: two Model 1841 six pounders, owned by Danny Tolka and Ed Bounds; an 1861 Filley gun owned by Randy Baehr; an 1853-1861 Ames 3-pounder, owned by Dave Hagler; an 1861 Woodruff gun, owned by Charles Tullock and Randy Baehr; a Model 1841 12-pounder mountain howitzer, pack carriage, owned by Ken Ess; and a Model 1841 12-pounder mountain howitzer, prairie carriage, owned by Charles Brulle.

Lunch was catered by the Ladies’ Union Aid Society and was greatly enjoyed by the attendees, whose numbers had increased considerably in two years’ time. At the 2009 JB School of the Piece, 59 cards were issued to NCWAA artillerists. This year, 74 cards were issued, thanks to Randy Baehr, Jack Grothe, and a dedicated group of Civil War enthusiasts.


Randy Baehr Receives NCWAA’s George MacDonald Award

Randy Baehr and Ethan Barnett

NCWAA Chairman Ethan Barnett, right, congratulates Randy Baehr, left, the 2011 NCWAA George MacDonald Award recipient.

by Anita Quick

The 2011 winner of the prestigious George MacDonald Award was announced by National Civil War Artillery Association Chairman Ethan Barnett at the 2011 Jefferson Barracks School of the Piece. The award is named for the man whose vision of an organization of Civil War artillerists, dedicated to high standards of performance and safety, would be the cornerstone of the NCWAA. Although MacDonald died before he saw his dream realized, the award given in his memory is bestowed-usually only one a year-on an individual who is recognized by the association chairman as someone who has made substantial contributions to the hobby, someone who’s made a very big difference in spreading safety and in keeping the NCWAA moving forward. For Chairman Barnett, when it came time to make the award, Randy Baehr was really an easy choice.

Randy’s dynamic personality and organizational skills help make the Jefferson Barracks artillery school one of the best in the country. Randy has been a stalwart supporter of the NCWAA organization for 12 years. He attended his first School of the Piece at Jefferson Barracks in 1999 and afterwards helped organize the schools with Jack Grothe of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Sons of Veterans Reserve. Following the 2003 school in Washington, Missouri, Randy was asked to be the Chief Inspector for Region XII (Missouri and Iowa), where the NCWAA did not already have a presence. After being assured it was primarily a paperwork position, he accepted.

Randy has accomplished much since his first Civil War event as a spectator, taking a steam train ride in Jackson, Missouri, where rebels fired on the train and the train returned with a gun on a flatcar to attack the Confederate camp. For the past 11 years, Randy has served as editor of the Turner Brigade’s newsletter The Shrapnel, and earlier this year was honored by the brigade with an Ames artillery officer’s sword and custom leather sheath. The Turner Brigade grew out of Company M, 1st Missouri Light Artillery, which Randy kept seeing at reenactments and events like the Compton Heights Band concerts and the Forest Park Boy Scout camporee. Then, in 1992, the Baehr family went to a living history campout at Jefferson Barracks as modern civilians and emerged as Civil War reenactors. Randy says, “It only took about 3 minutes of standing with a 9-pound musket to convince me that artillery was for me. Besides, they kept telling me it was less expensive. Yeah, until you buy a cannon.”

In 1992, Randy joined Co. M. He now serves as Captain and commander of the unit, which fields a battery of a 4-pounder Filley gun, an Ames 3-pounder gun, a Woodruff gun, and a 12-pounder mountain howitzer. He likes the unusual small guns, and finds great reward in talking to the public about the Civil War and artillery. Randy especially enjoys drilling with schoolchildren but adds that it is also very rewarding to train new artillerists and have them be recognized as well trained.


Turner Member Featured in Air Force Reserve Unit Newsletter

Charles Prather, reenactor Charles Prather, reservist

Company G member Charles Prather was recently profiled in The Gateway Wing, the unit newsletter of the 932nd Airlift Wing. Charlie also serves as a medical technician with the 932nd Medical Squadron. Click here to view the complete article.


Shrapnel Editor Honored by Brigade Members at Camp Jackson Event

Randy Baehr and family at Camp Jackson

Capt. Randy Baehr, center, with his son Bill, left, and wife Pat, right, at the conclusion of the presentation ceremony at the Camp Jackson event. Dave Hagler is at the far right, and Company M is behind them.

by Anita Quick

At the Turner Brigade meeting on Saturday morning, April 30, 2011, Capt. Randy Baehr was honored for eleven years of service as editor of The Shrapnel Brigade newsletter. Dave Hagler gave the following remarks:

“Gentlemen, I have a special announcement. There comes a time when a ‘thank you’ is not enough to show someone our gratitude for a job well done. Captain Randel Baehr is just that person. Eleven years ago Randy accepted the post of Editor of the Turner Brigade Newsletter-the ‘new’ Shrapnel. At the time, little did he imagine, when he stepped forward to accept the title of editor, he would be so creative as to be indispensable to the Turners, who now eagerly wait for each issue of The Shrapnel to appear in one’s mailbox. He has kept us informed of historical facts, new faces, upcoming events, what will be available at them, and how to get there.

“2011 marks the beginning of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War. We all recognize Captain Baehr waving his well-worn artillery saber, shouting his commands. What better way to show our gratitude than to retire his old sword and replace it with one more appropriate to a man of his stature. Randy has earned the admiration of his fellow Turner Brigade members. May you lead your men proudly through these historic years ahead.

“At this time, the entire Turner Brigade wishes to present to you this Ames artillery officer’s sword, along with this hand-tooled, protective leather case. God bless you.”

The surprise project was well underway at the Swap Meet, with 1st Sgt. Mike Watson collecting funds from Brigade members. Their contributions more than covered the expense of the sword and the leather sheath, custom-made by Mike McCubbins. After Dave Hagler’s remarks, Mike Watson presented Randy with his new sword, Mike McCubbins presented the sheath, and Dave Hagler passed an envelope with ‘a bit of currency for you and any special project.’ Pat Hagler presented Randy with a poster that included his first Shrapnel in its new format, a list of Brigade members at the time, and a list of Brigade members from then who are still with us.

Capt. Greg Zelinske then led the brigade in a salute to Capt. Baehr, who returned the salute with his new sword.


Turners Honored by Friends of Fort Davidson

The Turner Brigade was recently honored by the Friends of Fort Davidson for their continuing support of that organization and its mission to support the Fort Davidson State Historic Site in Pilot Knob, Missouri. The following letter was received from their president:
Friends of Fort Davidson Certificate
Over the years, the Turner Brigade has graciously thought of Fort Davidson State Historic Site by giving donations through your memorial program and by other means. Our treasurer has informed me that your gifts just since 2001 are higher than our highest award of at the Gen. Sterling Price level.

We normally would not give out a special award, except that the Turner Brigade has repeatedly supported our efforts. Last year we presented the St. Louis Civil War Roundtable with a special Abraham Lincoln certificate for their continued support. Turner Brigade is a similar organization and because of your continued support we proudly give you a special Ulysses S. Grant award. Only your organization will ever be given this honor.

Thank you again.

Sincerely yours,
Charles T. Cadenbach


Turner Donation to Franklin Appeal of Civil War Preservation Trust Acknowledged

Per membership approval at the 2010 Spring Drill meeting, the Association of the Turner Brigade donated $450 to the Civil War Preservation Trust for property acquisition at the battlefield at Franklin, Tennessee. Following is the CWPT’s thank you letter:

Your recent gift of $450 to the Civil War Preservation Trust will go toward saving 1.07 critical acres of land at the Battle of Franklin in Tennessee. Not the largest transaction that you or I have been a part of, but certainly one of the most important. As Jim [Lighthizer, CWPT President] said in his recent letter, the Federal line of defense ran across this property, and it was the site of almost incredible slaughter. Inch by inch, we are – along with our fantastic local partner group Franklin’s Charge – working to save as many crucial acres of this important, neglected battlefield that we can, reclaiming hallowed ground that was once considered lost forever.

With your gift you have shown your understanding of how important this brutal, decisive battle was. You have also shown your understanding of a good deal when you see it. We have, as promised, turned every dollar of your donation into $6.33 in matching money from Franklin’s Charge, and a matching grant from the federal government. Not a bad deal in this still-uncertain economy (and not a bad deal even in a perfect economy if you ask me!)

Yet again you have answered the call to help the local heroes on the ground in Tennessee save this battlefield. On behalf of them and all of us here at CWPT, you have my most heartfeld thanks.

Thank you so much again.

Sincerely yours,
Liz Jacoby
Development Associate and Color Bearer Coordinator