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Carter, Samuel Powhatan (06 August 1819–26 May 1891), naval and army officer, was born in Elizabethton, Carter County, Tennessee, the son of Alfred Moore Carter, an iron manufacturer, and Evalina Belmont Perry or Parry. Carter’s middle name is given as Powhatan on his gravestone, but Carter family descendants insist he bore his mother’s maiden name, Powhatan being a nickname acquired during the Civil War. As a middle initial only appears in his signature and on all extant documents, the question cannot be resolved, but the nickname story is plausible....

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Nelson, William (27 September 1824–29 September 1862), naval and army officer, was born near Maysville, Kentucky, the son of Thomas W. Nelson, a physician, and Frances Doniphan. He attended Norwich Academy in Vermont from 1837 to 1839 and was appointed midshipman in the U.S. Navy on 28 January 1840. He served with the fleet that supported General ...