Following his political service, and after an unsuccessful run for Governor of Tennessee, he became editor of the one-year-old Nashville Tennessean. He was shot to death on November 9, 1908 over a feud precipitated by his editorial comments in the paper.
- "Carmack’s use of the English language was as colorful as his own red hair and his ability to denounce those of whom he disliked or disapproved was so strong that he was challenged to a duel at least once." http://knoxfocus.com/2013/
- "There was the red-haired and fiery tongued Senator Edward Carmack of Tennessee..." https://books.google.it