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Col William Turnbull
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Birth: Oct. 9, 1800
Philadelphia
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Dec. 19, 1857
Wilmington
New Hanover County
North Carolina, USA

Colonel, United States Army

Cullum's indicates he died December 9, 1857, but cemetery records indicate December 19, 1857.

Cullum's Register of Officers and Graduates of the United States Military Academy Class of 1819
Appointed from Maryland.
Military History: Cadet at the Military Academy, September 30, 1814, to July 1, 1819, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to Second Lieutenant, Corps of Artillery, July 1, 1819. Served in garrison at Fort McHenry, Maryland 1819 to 1820; on Topographical duty, January 1819, to August 20, 1831; on Survey of Railroad Route in Mississippi 1831 to 1832; as Superintending Topographical Engineer of the construction of the Potomac Aqueduct at Georgetown, D.C., 1832 to 1843 and of Repairs of Potomac Bridge, 1841 to 1843; on Inspection of Potomac Bridge, Washington, D.C. and Milwaukee and St. Joseph's harbors, Michigan 1844; in charge of Lake Ontario Harbor Improvement 1844 to 1846; as Member of Board of Topographical Engineers, for extension of Buffalo harbor, New York 1845 to 1846; on Inspection of Harbor Improvements on Lakes Champlain, Ontario and Erie 1846; as Chief Topographical Engineer of the Army under command of Major General Scott, in the Campaign of 1847 to 1848, War with Mexico, being engaged in the Siege of Vera Cruz, March 9 to 29, 1847, Battle of Cerro Gordo, April 17 to 18, 1847, Pedregal, August 19 to 20, 1847, Battle of Churubusco, August 20, 1847 and Operations before and Capture of the City of Mexico, September 13 to 14, 1847; as Superintending Topographical Engineer of the construction of the New Orleans Custom House, Lousiana 1848 to 1849, of Survey of Whale's Back Rock, for Lighthouse site, 1850 to 1851 and in examining the practicability of Bridging the Susquehanna River, at Havre-de‑Grace, Maryland 1852; as Assistant in the Topographical Bureau at Washington, D.C., 1850 to 1852 and 1853 to 1854; as Member of Board of Topographical Engineers to examine into the expediency of an additional Canal around the Falls of the Ohio, September 22, 1852, to February 16, 1853; as Lighthouse Engineer for Oswego harbor, New York, July 29, 1853, to July 30, 1855 and in charge of Harbor Improvements of Lakes Champlain, Ontario and Eastern part of Erie 1853 to 1856 and of Improvement of Cape Fear River, North Carolina 1856 to 1857. Died December 9, 1857, at Wilmington, North Carolina. Aged 57. Buried, Oak Hill Cemetery, Washington, D.C.

Second Lieutenant, Corps of Artillery, July 1, 1819.
Second Lieutenant, 4th Artillery, in Re-organization of Army, June 1, 1821.
First Lieutenant, 3d Artillery, January 15, 1823.
Bvt. Captain, Staff Assistant Topographical Engineer, August 20, 1831.
Bvt. Major, Staff Topographical Engineer, November 23, 1837.
Major, Corps of Topographical Engineers, July 7, 1838.
Bvt. Lieutenant Colonel, August 20, 1847, for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct in the Battles of Contreras and Churubusco, Mexico.
Bvt. Colonel, September 13, 1847 for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct in the Battle of Chapultepec, Mexico. 
 
Family links: 
 Spouse:
  Jane Graham Ramsay Turnbull (1806 - 1883)
 
 Children:
  Alice Turnbull*
  Mary Nisbet Turnbull (____ - 1877)*
  George Turnbull*
  Henry Turnbull (____ - 1893)*
  John Graham Turnbull (____ - 1898)*
  Charles Nesbit Turnbull (1832 - 1874)*
  Jeannie Turnbull (1841 - 1912)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Oak Hill Cemetery
Washington
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA
Plot: North Hill, Lot 311.
 
Created by: SLGMSD
Record added: Jul 15, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 39480356
Col William Turnbull
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Col William Turnbull
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Col William Turnbull
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Class of 1819
- SLGMSD
 Added: Sep. 2, 2010
 
 
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