Brig. General John C. Carter (CSA)

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John Carpenter Carter

Birthdate: (26)
Death: December 10, 1864 (26) (mortally wounded during the Battle of Franklin on November 30, 1864)
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Son of Edward James Carter and Angelina Matilda Carter

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About Brig. General John C. Carter (CSA)

John Carpenter Carter (December 19, 1837 – December 10, 1864) was a Brigadier General of the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War.

Early life

John Carpenter Carter was born in Waynesboro, Georgia on December 19, 1837. He attended the University of Virginia from 1854 to 1856. Carter studied law under Judge Abram Carruthers at Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee, was an instructor at the school after his graduation, and married the judge's daughter. He was practicing law in Memphis, Tennessee when the Civil War began.

Civil War service

Carter entered the war as a captain in the 38th Tennessee Infantry regiment and quickly became its colonel. He commanded the regiment during the Battle of Shiloh, Battle of Perryville, Battle of Stones River, Battle of Chickamauga and Atlanta Campaign. Carter was promoted to brigadier general to rank from July 7, 1864. He temporarily commanded a division at the Battle of Jonesboro. Brigadier General John C. Carter was mortally wounded during the Battle of Franklin on November 30, 1864 and died December 10 in the Harrison home, 3 miles (4.8 km) south of the battlefield.


Brigadier General John C. Carter was buried at Rose Hill Cemetery, Columbia, Tennessee.


Civil War Confederate Brigadier General. He entered the Confederate service in 1861 as a Captain in the 38th Tennessee Infantry and displayed courage leading his company at the Battle of Shiloh. His promotions through the grades were rapid to Colonel in command of the 51st Tennessee. At the battle of Murfreesboro, he charged Federal troops capturing prisoners, cannons, small arms and wagons in the victory. In 1863, he led his regiment with skill at Chickamauga, the Battle of Missionary Ridge and at Charleston, Tennessee. After particapating in Atlanta Campaign, he was promoted Brigadier General in July 1864 and was in command of a division at the engagement of Jonesboro in September. At the Battle of Franklin on November 30, 1864, as he led his brigade against Union fortifications, he fell mortally wounded in the charge. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith)

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Brig. General John C. Carter (CSA)'s Timeline

December 19, 1837
December 10, 1864
Age 26