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 William Carter

William Carter

Death 26 Mar 1925 (aged 55)
Burial Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
Plot 2, 9331
Memorial ID 2586304 · View Source
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US Marine Corps
Spanish American War

Acting Sgt. Maj. William Carter U.S.M.C, of the 1st Marine Battalion (Reinforced) (January 1, 1865 - March 26, 1925 )

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Written by Robert Pendleton

Warren Ordway (a.k.a. William) Carter was born on January 1, 1865, at Brooklyn, Kings County, New York, the first of two sons born to Brevet Major Eugene Carter, U.S. Army, and Mary Emory (Ordway) Carter. Eugene and Mary had been married during the tumultuous American Civil War on April 4, 1864, at Bradford, Massachusetts, by the Reverend J. T. McColligan.

William's father, Major Eugene Carter, was one of four brothers that wore the Union blue during the Civil War, all serving in the U.S. Army. One of the brothers, Captain Robert Goldthwaite Carter, was a recipient of the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Indian Wars in a battle with Comanche Indians at the Brazos River, Texas, on October 10, 1871. Major Eugene Carter himself graduated from West Point on June 28, 1861. He served ten years in the U.S. Army and was honorably mustered out of the service on June 2, 1871. Six years after William's birth, Eugene's and Mary's second son, George Henry Carter was born on July 19, 1871, a little over a month after his father returned to civilian life. Eugene Carter and his brother-in-law, John Corson, established the Corson & Carter Shoe Manufacturing Company at Haverhill, Massachusetts. Six years later, on February 10, 1877, Eugene died at home in Bradford, Massachusetts, of acute pneumonia.

William Carter joined the U.S. Marine Corps at the age of 29, though his enlistment papers state that he was "about 25 years of age." He enlisted at New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, New York aboard the Receiving Ship U.S.S. VERMONT on June 28, 1894. At the time of his enlistment, Carter stood 5' 10 1/8" in height. He had light blue eyes, brown hair, and was of fair complexion. His civilian occupation at time of his initial enlistment was that of Fireman. Carter was sent for training to Marine Barracks, New York Navy Yard. On July 30, he was transferred to the Marine Guard, U.S.S. NEW YORK where he served 2 years and 11 months on sea duty.

On July 19, 1897, Pvt. Carter was transferred to Marine Barracks, New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, New York. With war imminent, on April 22, 1898, he was detached from Marine Barracks to serve with the newly formed 1st Marine Battalion (Reinforced), under the command of Lt. Col. Robert Watkinson Huntington. Carter served on the Battalion's Headquarters Staff. With the remainder of the Battalion, he boarded the transport U.S.S. PANTHER that same day, steaming from New York Navy Yard for Key West, Florida, (via Fort Monroe, VA). The battalion arrived at Key West a week later, on April 29.

After spending more than a month on board PANTHER, Carter and the battalion as a whole disembarked and established their camp just east of West Martello Tower
at South Beach. The Marine Camp at Key West was named Camp Sampson in honor of Admiral William T. Sampson. On June 6, the Battalion received the order to re-embark on board the U.S.S. PANTHER and to steam for Cuba on June 7. After landing at Fisherman's Point in Guantanamo Bay three days later, the first major American force to land in Cuba, the Battalion soon found itself in heavy action through June 14. On the 14, the Battalion took part in the Battle of Cuzco Well during which the Spanish and Cuban loyalist forces were defeated and forced to withdraw. During this battle, Carter volunteered as a rifleman, and was cited for his coolness and notable execution on the firing-line by Captain George Frank Elliott, expedition commander. Carter was promoted from private to sergeant then to Acting sergeant-major of the Battalion by order of Lt. Col. Huntington on June 20, 1898. Huntington noted that the promotion "was not only for his fitness but for his coolness and gallantry in action."

On August 5, 1898, Carter, along with the Battalion embarked on board the transport U.S.S. RESOLUTE, which left the bay on August 9 the ship bound for Manzanillo. The invasion of Manzanillo was planned for August 13, but the signing of an armistice between the United States and Spain ended the war's fighting before the invasion occurred. The RESOLUTE returned to Guantanamo Bay and then steamed for the United States on August 18. After landing some Army Artillery detachments at Montauk Point, Long Island, New York on August 24, the ship weighed anchor, bound for Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Seavey Island, Kittery, Maine, arriving the next day.

On August 26, Carter and the remainder of the Battalion disembarked and set up Camp Heywood opposite Camp Long, the stockade where the Spanish prisoner of war awaited repatriation. Following the prisoners' repatriation, the Battalion was disbanded on September 22, 1898 and William Carter was transferred back to his former duty at the Marine Barracks, New York Navy Yard. This also involved Carter being reduced in ranks since his sergeant-major rank was specifically an appointment for duty with the 1st Marine Battalion (Reinforced).

After his return from Cuba, Sergeant William Carter, now 33 years of age married Phoebe Ann Steedman, age 22, of New York City on October 4, 1898. The ceremony was conducted by Pastor N. Bjerring, Church of the Redeemer, 943 Lexington Avenue in the Borough of Manhattan. Phoebe was the daughter of William and Mary Steedman, City of New York. The couple eventually had four children :

Eugene Robert Carter, (July 17, 1899- November 27, 1953)
Harriet Mary Carter (Sickles), (April 6, 1901- )
George Henry Carter, (July 5, 1907- July 5, 1995)
Warren Ordway Carter Jr. (January 14, 1910 - January 28, 1910)

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