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Object Name COMB
Catalog Number 0985.13.00667
Description Small, fine-toothed comb of a red-brown sandstone.
Dimensions H-1 W-2.5 inches
Owned Tom Turner
Provenance The comb was found in the grave of Tom Turner, of General Mosby's command, on March 13, 1913 when his remains were removed to Leesburg, Virginia. Turner was wounded in the early part of the war near Harper's Ferry and died later at Hillsboro, Virginia and was buried in Arnold Grove, Virginia. His family lived in Maryland and was loyal to the Union.

"Tom Turner, W. L. Hunter, and Walter Frankland were surprised and captured at the house of Mr. Utterback, near Warrenton. Turner attempted to fight through his captors and effect his escape, but was badly, and, as it turned out to be, mortally wounded. He was carried to Kinloch, his father's residence, near the Plains, where lie died soon after. This was a serious loss to Mosby, for Tom was one of his coolest and bravest men. He had been with us but a short time, yet long enough to justify the following letter of recommendation which he brought with him from Stuart to Mosby, in which the general said, 'I can cheerfully recommend Turner as of the right sort of stuff for such daring enterprises. He has served with distinction in the infantry, had his horse killed under him in Maryland, and has on several occasions shown great courage, coolness, and gallantry. Give him a chance.' " (from "Partisan life with Col. John S. Mosby," by Major John Scott, p. 73)
People Turner, Tom
Subjects Grooming equipment
Hair dressing
Wounded in war
Wounds & injuries
Dead persons