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Naval commission appointing Robert Randolph Carter First Lieutenant signed by President Jefferson Davis(1863 March 3)

  • Part of collection: MS 1991.1

Robert Randolph Carter joined the U.S. Navy at age 16; was a member of the Pacific Squadron during the war with Mexico; graduated from Annapolis in 1849; and participated in expeditions to the Arctic, China Sea, and La Plata in South America. He resigned in 1860 and began service with the Confederate Navy. Following the Civil War, he returned home to Shirley Plantation on the James River in Virginia, where he lived as a planter until his death in 1888.

From the Shirley Plantation Research Collection (MS 1991.1).


President of the Confederate States
of America

To all who shall see these presents, Greeting:

Know Ye That reposing special trust and confidence in the patriotism, valor,
fidelity and abilities of Robert R. Carter, I have nominated and by and with the
advice and consent of the Senate, do appoint him a First Lieutenant in the Navy of the
Confederate States, to rank as such from the 2nd day of October Eighteen hundred and Sixty
[three?]. He is therefore carefully and diligently to discharge the duties of First Lieutenant
by doing and performing all manner of things thereunto belonging, and I do strictly charge and
require all Officers, Seamen and mariners under his command to be obedient to his orders as
First Lieutenant, and he is to observe and follow such orders and directions as from time to time
he shall receive from me, or the future President of the Confederate States of America, or his
superior Officer set over him according to the rules and discipline of the Navy.

Registered—No. 50
the lowest number
takes rank.

Given under my hand at the city of Richmond
the third day of March in the year of Our Lord One
Thousand Eight hundred and Sixty three

By the President Jefferson Davis

S.R. Mallory Secretary of the Navy