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Carter, Enoch Benjamin


Age: 0, credited to Peacham, VT
Unit(s): USN
Service: 3rd ASST ENG, USN, 2/64, steamer Gettysburg (North Atlantic Squadron) 64, 2nd ASST ENG 64, resgd, 5/65

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Birth: 1828, Peacham, VT
Death: 11/06/1886

Burial: Prospect Hill Cemetery, Omaha, NE
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone photographer: Deanna French
Findagrave Memorial #: 176479204


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: 10/13/1879; widow Mary E., 6/15/1886
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: None


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Prospect Hill Cemetery, Omaha, NE

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In 1860, he was living in Belfast, Maine, employed as an engineer. On 1 January, based on an affidavit in his pension claim, he traveled from Belfast to Alexandria, Louisiana, where he was employed at J. R. Williams' plantation as a mechanical engineer until 3 June 1862. He was drafted into the Confederate Army, but to avoid service, he escaped by skiff to New Orleans, and further by ship to Lowell, where he remained from 30 June to 15 August 1862. At that time he moved to Pittsburgh, found employment with McArish and Butler, manufacturers of machinery, as a traveling salesman. On 1 May 1863, he returned to Lowell, and found employment as a journeyman watchmaker and jeweler until he joined the Navy.
Carter was appointed Acting Third Assistant Engineer on 22 February 1864, and served on USS Gettysburg, Lieutenant Commanding Roswell Lamson, from 1864 to 1865. Gettysburg took part in the assaults on Fort Fisher in December 1864 and January 1865. She spent the remaining months of the war on blockading duty off Wilmington. Carter was promoted to Acting Second Assistant Engineer on 11 March 1865, and resigned two months later, on 12 May.
He returned to Lowell, where he continued in the watchmaking and jewelry business until 1872, when he moved to Kearney, Nebraska. In April 1879, he moved to Omaha.
Carter applied for a pension on account of service-incurred valvular disease of the heart, in October 1879. At that time, he described himself at 5' 11" tall, with dark hair, blue eyes and light complexion. He died one day before his pension was approved; interment unknown.
He married Mary E. Michaels, on 27 April 1854, in Lowell, Massachusetts. She received a widow's pension from January 1887 until her death on 4 October 1896; interment unknown.

Source: Ledoux, Tom, Green Mountain Mariners Of The Civil War, self-published, 2014.