Joseph F. Carter

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Joseph F. Carter

Birth
Baltimore, Baltimore City, Maryland, USA
Death 10 Apr 1922 (aged 79)
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 3, Site 1550
Memorial ID 6162695 · View Source
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Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Served in the Civil War as Captain and commander of Company D, 3rd Maryland Volunteer Infantry. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery in the repulse of the Confederate attack on Fort Stedman, Virginia on March 25, 1865. His citation reads “Captured the colors of the 51st Virginia Infantry (C.S.A.). During the battle he was captured and escaped bringing a number of prisoners with him”. He was in command of the 3rd Maryland during this action, and had come across around 300 Confederates who were cut off from their own lines by the successful Union recovery of Fort Stedman. He was in the process of accepting their surrender when raw Union recruits fired on him and his prisoners, forcing them to both seek cover together. He then was forced to surrender to the men who he himself had just captured, having first seized a loaded weapon in an attempt to escape his captors. The Rebels then mistakenly advanced towards the Union lines (which in the midst of the confusion were unclear). When Union artillery batteries opened fire on the group, the Confederate realized their mistake, and stated to their lone Union officer that they will surrender. Being alone among a group of Confederates, he seized their battleflag, which he claimed, and signaled the Union forces to cease firing. When the firing stopped, he took the flag and sprinted 60 yards to the safety of the Union lines, all the while being fired upon by the Confederates for having captured their flag. The Rebels were subsequently captured by other Union troops. His Medal was awarded to him on July 9, 1891, He was eventually promoted to Major of his regiment. He was one of five 3rd Maryland soldiers to be awarded the CMOH for bravery during the Civil War (the others being Sergeant Benjamin F. McAlwee, Sergeant Major George H. Plowman, Sergeant George Schneider, and 1st Sergeant Bernard A. Strausbaugh).

Bio by: Russ Dodge



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  • Added: 7 Feb 2002
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Joseph F. Carter (11 Sep 1842–10 Apr 1922), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6162695, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .