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Name:John Carter Edmonds
Affiliation:Class of 1870
Biography & Genealogy:John Carter Edmonds, Class of 1870: Genealogy: Born- Nov. 30, 1848 in Upperville, Fauquier Co. Va. Father- Dr. John R. Edmonds; Mother- Helen Carter of Pittsylvania Co. Va. No information on grandparents. Married: Dixie Ada Spencer on July 1, 1875. Children- 1- Newton Claxton Edmonds; 2- Beulah Lee Edmonds McGaughey, who married Dr. W.P. McGaughey; 3- Elena Edmonds Mock, who married H.B. Mock; 4- Lucille Edmonds. VMI Record: Entered VMI- Dec. 29, 1864; Absent two years between 1866-68; Graduated July 4, 1870 standing 4 in a class of 107. Civil War Record: Enlisted Aug. 15, 1863 in Fauquier Co. Va. as Private in Co. A 43rd Battalion Cavalry (Col. J.S. Mosby's Regiment); Moved to Co. B Oct. 1, 1863; Severely wounded in action near Dranesville, Va. on Feb. 22, 1864; Entered VMI and served with the Corps of Cadets in the trenches in Richmond, Va. until the Corps disbanded in 1865. Also served as Col. of the 4th Texas Infantry during the Spanish-American War. Careers: Asst. Prof. of Math and Tactics at VMI in 1871; Lawyer; Mayor of Sherman, Texas 1893-98; Commandant of Cadets at Texas A&M 1899-1901; Superintendant of Schools in Bastrop, Tx. Died: Feb. 1, 1907- Killed in duel with R.A. Brooks, a lawyer and assistant postmaster in Bastrop, Tx. According to a news report, the bad blood between Edmonds and Brooks began when one of Brooks's sons was dismissed from school by Edmonds. Later when one of Edmonds's daughters went to the post office, Brooks alledgedly said some insulting words to her. The two men met on the street a few days later and Edmonds demanded an apology from Brooks, but instead Brooks went to his office and returned with his gun and both men commenced firing. Edmonds was killed and Brooks was arrested, but later released on $12,000 bond.
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