The recent emails with Rich Swearingen and a discussion about Goochey's claim that Newt Turpin might have been a "rebel sharpshooter" took me back into my early research files for this excerpt from a 1956 Greene County, Iowa publication.
Their aversion to slavery, their residence in northern Iowa, and their son serving for the Union Army would point away from any rebel ties. Newt was in his 40s during the Civil war and raising a large family.
But Newt indeed may have had the skills of a sharpshooter. After all, he survived a lot of frontier experiences. In the case of Goochey, he just didn't expect his neighbor to walk over and shoot him with a musket.