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Carter, Samuel Powhatan

William Garrett Piston

in American National Biography Online

Published in print January 1999 |
Published online February 2000 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/anb/9780198606697.article.0500133

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Carter, Samuel Powhatan (06 August 1819–26 May 1891), naval and army officer, was born in Elizabethton, Carter County, Tennessee, the son of Alfred Moore Carter, an iron manufacturer, and Evalina Belmont Perry or Parry. Carter’s middle name is given as Powhatan on his gravestone, but Carter family descendants insist he bore his mother’s maiden name, Powhatan being a nickname acquired during the Civil War. As a middle initial only appears in his signature and on all extant documents, the question cannot be resolved, but the nickname story is plausible....

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Subjects: Military History ; Naval Forces and Warfare ; Land Forces and Warfare

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