Warner Carter (65th USCT)

Warner (Warren) Carter was born March 1, 1841, in Albemarle County, Virginia, to William and Cornelia Carter. When he was one month old, a nurse let him fall into a fire, causing his foot and leg to be burned. He never fully recovered from this injury. His enslaver, John Coles Carter, migrated from Virginia to Missouri in 1852 and owned 126 slaves on multiple properties by the eve of the war. Warner Carter worked as a farmer and a laborer on one of these farms. He married his first wife, Priscilla Jackson Carter, in Lincoln County in December 1858.

Carter enlisted as a private at the age of 22 on December 10, 1863, in Troy, Missouri, and mustered in on December 18 at the Benton Barracks in St. Louis. His service describes him as 5 feet, 7 1/2 inches, with black hair, black eyes, and copper complexion. He served in Company A of the 65th USCT Infantry Regiment. In April 1864, he served detached duty at the provost. Throughout the war, Carter and the 65th USCT served in Louisiana. He mustered out on January 8, 1867, in Baton Rouge.

Following the war, Carter returned to Lincoln County. After 1881, he moved around Missouri, including to Pike County, Kansas City, and Curryville. He and his first wife Priscilla had thirteen children: Bell, Iona A., Abraham, Ellen, Alonzo, Lorenzo, Clarence, Leslie, Isaiah, Cary, Waida B., Jula, and Warner. Warner and Priscilla Carter had a sometimes strained marriage, with Warner claiming to have been "driven" from their home after his wife threatened him with "bodily harm." In a letter, Carter feared he would be "poisoned" if he ate food in their house. Priscilla Carter died on April 5, 1906. Carter then married his second wife, Maggie Graves, with whom he had one daughter: Alice, born on September 9, 1909. Alice died the following February, and Maggie and Warner later divorced on July 23, 1913. He then married his third wife, Sallie Caldwell, on August 17. Carter suffered from rheumatism, piles, and heart disease later in his life. He began receiving a pension of $15 per month in 1907, which was increased to $24 by the time he died on June 6, 1915, after complications of diabetes at the City Hospital in St. Louis. While Sallie was able to receive her husband's accrued pension, the pension bureau declined to give her her own pension as her marriage to Warner had taken place after June 27, 1905, and thus by law she did not qualify for pension relief.


Warner Carter to the Commissioner of Pensions, November 13, 1905

Name:Carter, Warner
Alternative names:
  • Carter, Warren (alternative name)
  • Soldier
65th Regiment Infantry U.S. Colored Troops A
Branch of service:Army
Enlistment1863-12-10Troy, MOaccepted22Slave
Muster Out1863-12-17Baton Rouge, LAMustered Out
Muster In1863-12-18Benton Barracks St. Louis, MO
Residence at enlistment:Lincoln County, MO
Rank In:Private
Rank Out:Private
Highest rank achieved:Private
Person 1Person 2NumberRelation Type
Carter, Warner481611.0application-invalid
Carter, Warnernoneapplication-minor
Carter, Warnernoneapplication-parent
Carter, WarnerCarter, Sallie1064277.0application-widow
Carter, Warner679746.0certificate-invalid
Birth date:1841-03-01
Birth date certainty:Certain
Birth place:Albemarle County, VA
Death date:1915-06-06
Death place:St. Louis, MO
Causes of death:disease: diabetes
Occupations:Farmer, Laborer
Person 1Relation TypePerson 2
Carter, Salliewife ofCarter, Warner
Carter, Warnerparent ofCarter, Abraham
Carter, Warnerparent ofCarter, Bell
Carter, Warnerparent ofCarter, Iona A
Carter, Warnerparent ofCarter, Ellen
Carter, Warnerparent ofCarter, Alonzo
Carter, Warnerparent ofCarter, Lorenzo
Carter, Warnerparent ofCarter, Clarence
Carter, Warnerparent ofCarter, Leslie
Carter, Warnerparent ofCarter, Isaiah
Carter, Warnerparent ofCarter, Cary
Carter, Warnerparent ofCarter, Waida B
Carter, Warnerparent ofCarter, Jr., Warner
Carter, Warnerparent ofCarter, Jula
Carter, Warnerparent ofCarter, Alice
Carter, Sr., John Colesowner ofCarter, Warner
Carter, Priscilla J. wife ofCarter, Warner
Carter, Maggiewife ofCarter, Warner

Compiled Service Records for Warner Carter, RG94, National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), Washington, D.C.; Pension Records for Warner Carter, RG15, NARA, Washington, D.C.; B. Noland Carter II, A Goodly Heritage: A History of the Carter Family in Virginia, vol. I (2003).