William Green Turner

Wounded in front of bladder, Pocket book saved my life. Not Serious

Capt Wm G. TurnerĀ Officers War[d] Campell Hospital

William Green Turner enlisted in 1861 and served in the 2nd Rhode Island until 1863. His letters home, in the collection of the Newport Historical Society, recorded topics as varied as his low opinion of the city of Washington and the novelty of army life.

He was wounded at the Battle of Chancellorsville, which he references in this telegraph. He traveled to Italy to recover where he became an artist. He is best known as the sculptor of the statue of Oliver Hazard Perry in Washington Square.