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John J. Carter
Born (1842-06-16)June 16, 1842
Died January 3, 1917(1917-01-03) (aged 74)
Place of birth Westport, Ireland
Place of death Titusville, Pennsylvania
Buried at Woodlawn Cemetery
Allegiance US flag 34 stars.svg United States of America
Service/branch U.S. Army
Rank Second Lieutenant
Unit New York Company B, 33rd New York Infantry
Battles/wars Battle of Antietam
Awards Medal of Honor ribbon.svg Medal of Honor

Second Lieutenant John J. Carter (June 16, 1842 to January 3, 1917) was an Irish soldier who fought in the American Civil War. Carter received the United States' highest award for bravery during combat, the Medal of Honor, for his action during the Battle of Antietam in Maryland on 17 September 1862. He was honored with the award on 10 September 1897.[1][2][3]


Carter was born on 16 June 1842 in Westport, Ireland and emigrated to the United States in approximately 1845. He enlisted into the 33rd New York Infantry at Nunda, New York at the outbreak of the Civil War.[3] Following his act of gallantry which earned him the medal of honor, he was promoted to captain of Company D in the 1st New York Veteran Cavalry on 10 October 1863. He soon retired from the military.[4]

Following the war Carter resided in Pennsylvania and pursued various business ventures including a clothing store in Titusville and an oil company called Carter Oil which later became known as Exxon.[4]

Carter died on 3 January 1917 and his remains are interred at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Titusville, Pennsylvania.[4]

Medal of Honor citationEdit

While in command of a detached company, seeing his regiment thrown into confusion by a charge of the enemy, without orders made a countercharge upon the attacking column and checked the assault. Penetrated within the enemy's lines at night and obtained valuable information.[1][2][3]

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