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T. H. Carter
T. H. Carter

Confederate (CSA)


Thomas Henry Carter

(1831 - 1908)
Home State: Virginia
Command Billet: Battery Commander
Branch of Service: Artillery
Unit: Carter's King William (VA) Artillery

see his Battle Report


Before the Antietam Campaign:
A graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, he had also studied medicine at the Universities of Virginia and Pennsylvania (class of 1852). He had practiced at a hospital in Philadelphia, and farmed in Virginia before the War. He entered the ANV in Spring 1861 as Captain of the battery.

The remainder of the War:
He was promoted to Major of Artillery on 12 December 1862, Lieutenant Colonel on 2 March 1863, and Colonel on 27 February 1864. At Gettysburg, he commanded the Artillery Battalion in Rodes' Division, and was Chief of Artillery to Jubal Early by 1864. He served in the Richmond defenses, until the surrender in the spring of 1865, as Chief of Artillery of the 2nd Corps.

After the War:
Following the War (to 1873) he operated the family farm in King William Coounty, and ran a school there. He was later railroad commissioner of Virginia and proctor of the University of Virginia.

References, Sources, and other notes:
His father (Thomas Nelson Carter) was a first cousin of General R. E. Lee's.

More on the Web:
Sources: VMI Archives, Colonels1, and Staff Officers2.

Birth Date: 6/13/1831    Place of Birth: King William County, VA    
College: Virginia Military Institute (VMI)    Graduating Year: 1849    
Death Date: 6/2/1908    Death Place: King William County, VA    Burial Place: Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, VA


1   Krick, Robert K., Lee's Colonels: A Biographical Register of the Field Officers of the Army of Northern Virginia, Dayton (Oh): Morningside Press, 1979  [AotW citation 551]

2   Krick, Robert E.L., Staff Officers in Gray; A Biographical Register of the Staff Officers in the Army of Northern Virginia, Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2003  [AotW citation 552]

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