James Mayland McCarterHome State: Pennsylvania
Command Billet: Commanding Regiment
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 93rd Pennsylvania Infantry
Before the Antietam Campaign:
On the 12th of September, 1861, James M. M'Carter, a clergyman of the Methodist Episcopal Church, stationed at the time at Lebanon, and who had been Chaplain of the Fourteenth Regiment in the three month's service, received authority from the Secretary of War to raise a regiment of infantry. A call was published on the following day, and a camp of rendezvous established at the Fair Grounds near the borough of Lebanon. In less than one month's time its ranks were full...He was wounded in action at Fair Oaks on the Peninsula on 30 May 1862, but was back with the Regiment on the Maryland Campaign.
The remainder of the War:
McCarter was discharged 29 November 1862, possibly due to effects of his wound, but returned to service as Colonel 1 April 1863 in response to dissension and disorganization among the remaining officers. Though ill, he traveled with the Regiment to Gettysburg but was not in command there. He resigned his commission 21 August 1863.
References, Sources, and other notes:
Service information from Red, White, and Blue...1, with discharge dates from Bates2. His photograph is at the Library of Congress.3
1 Mark, Penrose G., Red, white, and blue badge : Pennsylvania Veteran Volunteers : a history of the 93rd Regiment..., Harrisburg: Aughinbaugh Press, 1911 [AotW citation 691]
2 Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871 [AotW citation 692]
3 US Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Online Catalog, Published c 1998, first accessed 01 January 2000, <http://www.loc.gov/pictures/>, Source page: http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cwpb.06343 [AotW citation 1119]
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