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Samuel Powhatan Carter, American naval and army officer. member Lighthouse Board, 1877-1880.


Carter, Samuel Powhatan was born on August 6, 1819 in Elizabethtown, Tennessee, United States. Son of Alfred Moore and Evaline (Parry) Carter.


Attended Washington College, Princeton. Graduated from the United States Naval Academy, 1846.


Commissioned Midshipman United States Navy, 1846. Assistant professor mathematics United States Naval Academy, 1850-1853, assistant to Executive officer, 1857-1860. Detailed from United States Navy to special duty at War Department, 1861.

Brigadier general Tennessee Volunteers, defeated Morgan, 1862. Commanded 1st important cavalry raid by United States Army at battles of Holsten, Carter’s Station and Jonesville. Commissioned lieutenant commander United States Navy, 1863, commander, 1865.

Commander steamer Monacacy, 1866. Commissioned captain, 1870. Commandant United States Naval Academy, 1870-1873.

Member Lighthouse Board, 1877-1880. Commodore, 1878, rear admiral (retired), 1882. Only American officer to be both rear admiral United States Navy and major general United States Army.


Member Lighthouse Board, 1877-1880.


Married Carrie Potts.

Alfred Moore Carter

Evaline (Parry) Carter

Carrie Potts.