ELLICOTT CITY – Eugene C. Harter, of Chestertown, a retired U.S. diplomat and author of The Lost Colony of the Confederacy, died in Ellicott City, Monday, Dec. 13, following an extended illness. He was 84.

Harter, the son of an American diplomat and a descendant of one of the thousands of American Confederates who immigrated to Brazil after the Civil War, was born in Rio de Janeiro Aug. 11, 1926. The family moved to the United States in 1935.

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