John Carpenter Carter

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John Carpenter Carter was born in Waynesboro, Georgia, on December 19, 1837. After attending the University of Virginia from 1854 until 1856, he studied law under Judge Abram Caruthers at Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee. After his graduation and admission to the bar, he was an instructor at the law school. Judge Caruthers had meantime become his father-in-law. Removing to Memphis, he was practicing law there in 1861, when he entered the Confederate Army as a captain of the 38th Tennessee Infantry. Carter won rapid promotion to the grade of colonel, markedly distinguishing himself at the battles of Shiloh, Perryville, Murfreesboro, and Chickamauga. The brigade to which his regiment belonged was on detached duty through the Chattanooga campaign which followed; Carter succeeded to command of it during the Atlanta campaign, and was formally promoted brigadier general to rank from July 7, 1864. Carter was temporarily in command of Cheatham's division at the battle of Jonesboro; in the course of Hood's ill-fated invasion of Tennessee that autumn, Carter was mortally wounded in the assault on the Federal works at Franklin on November 30, 1864. He died on December 10, in the Harrison home, three miles south of the battlefield. His remains were interred in Rose Hill Cemetery at Columbia, Tennessee. The burial service was pronounced by his friend, Chaplain (later Bishop) Quintard.

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Ref: Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders by Ezra J. Warner.  Printed by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London.