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This Day in Georgia History

December 10, 1864

John Carpenter Carter Died

Confederate Brig. Gen. John Carpenter Carter died following the Battle of Franklin in Tennessee. Born on Dec. 19, 1837 in Waynesboro, Georgia, he became a lawyer but with the outbreak of the Civil War, Carter enlisted in the Confederate cause, serving as a captain in the 38th Tennessee at Shiloh. In 1862 he was promoted to the rank of colonel, serving at Perryville, Murfreesboro, and Chickamauga. Carter commanded Wright’s Brigade during the Atlanta Campaign. In July 1864 he was promoted to the rank of brigadier general, commanding Cheatham’s Division at the battles of Jonesboro and Franklin.