General Carter Slept Here

Read about this house here or here. Or read on: In 1861 President Lincoln, convinced he couldn't afford to lose the supposedly neutral Kentucky to the South, sent a naval officer named Samuel P. Carter to Kentucky to help organize east Tennesseans loyal to the Union into a fighting force based in Kentucky. Carter performed his duties well enough to be named a brigadier general before the war had progressed very far. In December 1862 he was chosen to lead a super-secret raiding party of Union cavalry into Tennessee to blow up bridges crucial to the Confederate cause. Carter chose to muster his special detachment of almost a thousand cavalrymen in Manchester, which offered the best chance of carrying out the operation in secret. Aided by Clay County's then-Colonel T. T. Garrard (who himself was named a brigadier general a short time later) Carter had spectacular success in the difficult raid. When Carter was coming south from Richmond to meet up with his troops in Manchester, he and his men set up camp in a large field adjacent to this house, on present-day U S 421 at the mouth of Possum Trot Road. General Carter was said to have stayed the night in the house, which was only six years old at the time.