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Robert Goldthwaite Carter

 

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And a star gems the sky,
    Gleaming bright.
From afar drawing nigh,    
    Falls the night.


Day is done, gone the sun,
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y rest,
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BORN:  April 18, 1847 at Bridgton, ME

Entered Service in the US Army from Bradford, MA

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Indian Campaigns For heroism on October 10, 1871 at Brazos River, TX

DIED:  January 04, 1936 at the age of 88

Lieutenant Robert G. Carter was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in the engagement at Brazos River, Texas, on October 10, 1871, that subsequently came to be called "The Battle of Blanco Canyon." On October 9 a cavalry column in pursuit of hostile Indians reached the White River and Blanco Canyon. Late that evening Quanah Parker and a Comanche force stampeded through the cavalry camp, driving off sixty-six horses. The following morning a detachment of troopers set off down the canyon chasing a small group of Indians who were driving several horses. Topping a hill in the ragged edge of the canyon, the soldiers were confronted with a much larger party of Indians waiting in ambush. The right side of the cavalry line retreated in confusion, but Lt. Robert Goldthwaite Carter and five men held off the Comanche with a rapid fire until other troops came to the rescue. Later in the battle while charging Indian warriors and dodging their heavy fire, Lieutenant Carter's leg was slammed into a rock by his mount, an injury so serious his boot had to be cut off. In great pain, Lieutenant Carter continued his defense, and a subsequent six-day, 100 mile pursuit of the fleeing Indians.

 

 

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