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Fallen soldier's life is finally honored

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JACKSON, CO. (WLBT)-  A piece of history is unveiled. After nearly 200 years Soldier Matthew Carter's life is honored.

Carter, who was a native of North Carolina, traveled to Mississippi in 1811 as a private with Francis Marion's brigade. Melba Goff Allen, relative and historian for the Carter family, says Carter landed on Jackson County soil.

One year later he fell ill after developing a fever due to a leg injury and died. After 40 years of tedious research Allen says the pieces to the puzzle were completed.

Melba Goff Allen says she is proud that Matthew Carter is the first revolutionary soldier to have a marker in Jackson County.

Carter's wife Cassandra was also honored at Saturday's ceremony. The couple were the parents of six children.

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