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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1870

Vol. III
p158
2349

(Born Me.)

Robert G. Carter1

(Ap'd Mas.)

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Born Bridgton, ME.a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1865, to June 15, 1870, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 4th Cavalry, June 15, 1870.

Served: on frontier duty at Ft. Concho, Tex., Nov. 20, 1870, to Mar. 27, 1871, — Ft. Richardson, Tex., to Mar. 4, 1873 (Scouting, May 19 to June 14, and on Indian Expedition, July to Nov., 1871), — at Ft. Clark, Tex., Apr. 1 to Sep. 6, 1873 (Member of Board to purchase horses, May 30 to July 3, 1873); and on sick leave of absence, Sep. 6, 1873, to Jan. 28, 1876.

First Lieut., 4th Cavalry, Feb. 21, 1875.

Retired from Active Service, July 28, 1876,
for Disability contracted in the Line of Duty.

Vol. IV
p201
[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

Military History. — Retired officer, — residence, Washington, D. C.

(Brevet 1st Lieutenant, U. S. Army, Feb. 27, 1890, for specially gallant conduct in action against Indians on the Brazos River, Tex., Oct. 16, 1871)

(Brevet Captain, U. S. Army, Feb. 27, 1890, for gallant service in action against Kickapoo, Lipan, and Mescalero Indians at Remolina, Mex., May 18, 1873)

Medal of Honor

for most distinguished gallantry in action against Indians on Brazos River, Tex., Oct. 10, 1871, in holding the left of the line with a few men during the charge of a large body of Indians, after the right of the line had retreated, and by delivering a very rapid fire succeeded in checking the Indians until other troops came to the rescue; while serving as 2d Lieutenant, 4th Cavalry.

Vol. V
p173
[Supplement, Vol. V: 1900‑1910]

Military History. — Tendered his services to Adjutant-General, U. S. A., for Spanish-American War, April, 1898.

(Captain, U. S. A., Retired April 23, 1904)

— General recruiting service, Birmingham, Ala., from March 15, 1905 to Aug. 7, 1906.

Civil History. — General Manager Jordan, Marsh & Co., department stores, 1876. — Professor Military Science and Tactics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, Mass., from 1879 to 1880. — Special Instructor of Military Science and Hygiene, Newton H. S., Newton, Mass., from 1877 to 1881. — Principal School for officers' children, West Point, N. Y., from 1881 to 1882. — Companion of Military Order Loyal Legion, Mass., N. Y., and D. C. Commanderies, from 1878 to 1908. — Companion of Order Congress Medal of Honor Legion of the United States since 1903. — Companion Medal of Honor Club, Washington, D. C., since 1902. — Corresponding member Maine Historical Society since 1896; Army and Navy Club 1888 to 1908; Army and Navy Club, New York, 1895‑1897. He is the author of the following books and published pamphlets, stories, etc.: A Monograph (privately printed); Colonel Thomas Goldthwaite, Was He a Tory?; Four Brothers in Blue, or Reveries of the Rebellion (partially published and in MS., illustrated); Record of Military Service of Capt. Robert G. Carter, U. S. Army (privately printed); Reminiscences of the Campaign and Battle of Gettysburg (Maine Commandery Loyal Legion); The Boy Soldier at Gettysburg (N. Y. Tribune, Lovell's Library Series); The Cowboy's Verdict and Jackrabbit's Victory (Youth's Companion); Buffalo vs. Bulldog and A Raid into Mexico (Outing Magazine); Gen. Knox and the Loyalist (Knox Co. Me., Genealogist); Joseph Goldthwaite, the Barrack Master of Boston (Me. His. Society). — Was also associated in the preparation and publication of The History of the Wilson Regiment (22d Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry). — He is also the author of the following typewritten, illustrated MS. volumes: Familiar History, General Records (2 vols.); War Letters from the Battle Front or Lights and Shadows of the War (2 vols.); Reveille and Taps or on the Border with Mackenzie; Wearing the Cadet Grey or Memories of West Point Days (2 vols.); Letters and Leaves from my Diary or Reminiscences of a Cavalry Officer in the U. S. Army; and many unpublished typewritten MS. as follows: Philip Goldthwaite, the Tory of Witchcastle; The Clerk of Fort Pownal; Joseph Goldthwaite, a Colonial Soldier at Louisburg; Col. Benjamin Goldthwaite in the Acadian and Louisburg Expeditions; The Princess' Son, a Romance of the Civil War; John Morrison, or a Farmerboy's Presentiment at Gettysburg; Life in a Conscript Camp, or Stirring Events Among the Bounty Jumpers; History of a Comanche Skull; A Startling Story of the Staked Plains; History of an Old Uniform; A Yankee Sailor on a British Battleship, etc.

Vol. VI
p153
[Supplement, Vol. VI: 1910‑1920]

(Robert Goldthwaite Carter, Born Oct. 29, 1845.)

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1865, to June 15, 1870, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 4th Cavalry.

Served: At San Antonio, Texas; on frontier duty at Fort Concho, Texas, Nov. 20, 1870, to March 27, 1871; at Fort Richardson, Texas, to March 4, 1873, during which time he was engaged in scouting, May 19 to June 14, and on Indian Expedition, July to November, 1871;

Medal of Honor.

for "most distinguished gallantry in action with Comanche Indians on the Freshwater Fork of the Brazos River, Texas, Oct. 10, 1871":

(Brevet First Lieut., U. S. A., for Specially Gallant Conduct in
Action with Indians on the Brazos River, Texas, Oct. 10, 1871)

Letter of thanks and congratulations from Major-General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.J. J. Reynolds, commanding Department of Texas, for "zeal, energy, good judgment and discretion in capture of ten deserters with all their arms, during an unprecedented norther and under conditions of grave peril and exposure, December, 1871"; also the personal thanks and congratulations of Generals Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Mackenzie and Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Hardie; at Fort Clark, Texas, April 1 to Sept. 6, 1873; participated in a punitive expedition into Mexico, by 4th Cavalry under General R. S. Mackenzie, May 19, 1873, when confederated bands of Indians who had been devastating the Texan frontier were attacked and summarily punished, for which services the Command received the grateful thanks of the people of Texas by Joint Resolution of the Legislature of Texas, approved, May 30, 1873, in the following terms: "Resolved, by the Senate of the State of Texas, the House concurring, that the grateful thanks of the people of our State and particularly the citizens of our frontier, are due to General Mackenzie and the troops under his command for their prompt action and gallant conduct in inflicting well-merited punishment upon these scourges of our frontier";

 p154  (Brevet Captain, U. S. Army, for Gallant Service in Action Against Confederated Bands of Lipan, Kickapoo and Mescalero Apache Indians at Remolina, Mexico, May 19, 1873)

Mentioned in G. O. No. 6, Dept. of Texas, June 2, 1873, Major-General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.C. C. Augur Commanding, for "gallant conduct, etc.", and in orders and report of General R. S. Mackenzie (Colonel 4th Cavalry), for "the very handsome manner in which the attack was made at Remolina, Mexico, May 19, 1873"; on sick leave of absence, Sept. 6, 1873, to

(First Lieut., 4th Cavalry, Feb. 21, 1875)

June 28, 1876.

First Lieut., U. S. A., Retired, June 28, 1876,
For Disability Contracted in Line of Duty.

Tendered his services to the Adjutant-General, U. S. A., upon the outbreak of the Spanish-American War, April, 1898;

(Captain of Cavalry, Retired, April 23, 1904)

at Birmingham, Ala., on General Recruiting Service, March 15, 1905, to Aug. 7, 1906; tendered his services to the Adjutant-General and to the General Staff, in the introduction and organization of universal military training, April, 1917.

Note. — Before entering the Military Academy and at the age of 16, Captain Carter, the youngest of four brothers, on Aug. 5, 1862, joined the 22d Mass. Volunteer Infantry as a private soldier and was in all the principal campaigns and battles of the Army of the Potomac, including Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville and Gettysburg, until Oct. 4, 1864; declined commission on account of age.

Awarded both Civil War and Indian War Medals; Companion (charter member) of the Military Order of the Medal of Honor Society of the U. S., Nov. 30, 1909; Companion of the Order of Indian Wars, March, 1913.

Civil History: — Author of the following works published since 1910: Four Brothers in Blue, or Sunshine and Shadows of the War of the Rebellion; Record of the Military Service of Captain Joseph Goldthwaite; Record of the Military Services of Captain Benjamin Goldthwaite; Family Historical-Genealogical Records (2 vols.); History of a Comanche Skull.

Vol. VII
p101
[Supplement, Vol. VII: 1920‑1930]

Military History: —

First Lieutenant, 4th Cavalry, Feb. 21, 1875.

First Lieutenant, U. S. A., Retired, June 28, 1876,
For Disability Contracted in Line of Duty.

Captain of Cavalry, Retired, Apr. 23, 1904.

Civil History: — Author of the following works published since 1910; "Four Brothers in Blue," Record of the Military Service of Captain Joseph Goldthwaite, Record of the Military Services of Captain Benjamin Goldthwaite, Family Historical Genealogical Records (2 vols.), History of a Comanche Skull, "The Tory of Witchcastle," "Joseph Goldthwaite, the Barrack Master of Boston," History of the Twenty-Second Massachusetts Vol. Inf., Second Company Massachusetts S. S. and Third Light Battery (C) Massachusetts Field Artillery, "Massacre of Salt Creek Prairie and the Cowboys' Verdict," "Pursuit of Kicking Bird, A Campaign in the Texas 'Bad Lands'," "Tragedies of Canon Blanco, A Story of the 'Texas Panhandle'," "On the Trail of Deserters, A Phenomenal Capture," "The Mackenzie Raid into Mexico," "The Old Sergeant's Story, Winning the West," "The Wedding Tour of an Army Bride," "The Boy Hero of the Big Sandy," etc., "The Art and Science of War versus The Art of Fighting," "A Confederate Sharpshooter in the Devil's Den," "A Midnight Council on the Fort Sill Trail," "Recollections of an Indian Reservation," and "Winning West Texas from the Comanches in 1874 and 1875."

Awarded both Civil War and Indian War Medals; companion, (charter member), of the Military Order of the Medal of Honor Society of the U. S., Nov. 30, 1909; companion of the Order of Indian Wars, Mar., 1913, Senior Vice Command, Society of Order of Indian Wars, 1925, National Commander, Society of Order of Indian Wars, 1926, Junior Vice Commander, D. C. Mil. Order Loyal Legion of U. S., 1925, Senior Vice Commander, D. C. Mil. Order Loyal Legion of U. S.,  p102 1926, Commander, D. C. Mil. Order Loyal Legion of U. S., 1927, Legion of Valor, of U. S., 1928.

Bronze plate erected by the citizens of Northwest Texas, Aug. 18, 1928, citing Captain Carter as "Especially worthy of honor because of serious and permanent injuries received in action against the Indians on what is now Spur Ranch, compelling his early retirement from active service."b

Vol. VIII
p45
[Supplement, Vol. VIII: 1930‑1940]

Military History: —

Capt., Ret., Apr. 23, 1904.

Died, Jan. 4, 1936, at Washington, D. C.: Aged 90.

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1936.º

Buried, Texas State Cemetery, Austin, TX.


The Author's Notes:º

[Supplement, Vol. V: 1900‑1910]

1 He is the son of Judge Henry Carter, a noted Maine and Massachusetts editor, lawyer and jurist, Class of 1836, U. S. Military Academy. He is the great-great-grandson of Major Eleazor Hamlin, 2d Lieut., Pembroke Co., Mass., Lexington Alarm; Thomas' Mass. Regt., May to Dec., 1775; Captain 23rd Continental Infantry, Jan. 1, 1776 to Oct., 1780.

[Supplement, Vol. VI: 1910‑1920]

Son of Judge Henry Carter, Class of 1836.

Thayer's Note: Henry Carter did not graduate, and is thus properly x‑Class of 1836: He is listed as a third classman in the Register of the Officers and Cadets of the Military Academy for 1834, but not in that of the following year.

Another son of Henry Carter's, though (and thus our subject's brother), Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Eugene Carter, was a graduate.


Thayer's Notes:

a Capt. Carter's birthplace is from his AOG obituary.

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b From the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Aug. 19, 1928 (p15):

A bronze memorial tablet, marking the famous early day MacKenzie Trail and commemorating the activities in West Texas of the Fourth United States Cavalry, under command of General R. S. MacKenzie. was unveiled here this week at Spur Inn. Clifford B. Jones, in charge of the Spur ranch holdings, officiated at the ceremonial and made especial mention of Capt. Robert G. Carter, U. S. A., retired. The tablet was by S. M. Swenson and Sons, of New York, owners of the Spur ranch. Captain Carter, now more than 84 years of age, is the sole survivor among the officers of the old Fourth Cavalry. The tablet was placed over the fireplace of Spur Inn, with members of the Rotary club and a number of their guests present and participating.

The Spur Inn still exists, as Spur Inn Bed and Bath, at 121 E. Hill St., in Spur, TX.


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