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J.M. McCarter

J.M. McCarter

Federal (USV)


James Mayland McCarter

(1822 - 1900)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Command Billet: Commanding Regiment

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 93rd Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

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...
(from Bates' History)
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.

On the Campaign

He commanded his regiment in Maryland.

The rest 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.

After the War

He continued as a Methodist minister in Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Maryland - lastly in Caroline County.

References & notes

Service information from Red, White, and Blue...1 with discharge dates from Bates.2 His gravesite is on Findagrave. His photograph is at the Library of Congress.3


1822 in NY


06/18/1900; Preston, MD; burial in Bethesda United Methodist Church Cemetery, Preston, MD


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, <>, Source page:  [AotW citation 1119]