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W.B. Whitaker
W.B. Whitaker

Confederate (CSV)


William Benjamin Whitaker

(1836 - 1862)
Home State: North Carolina
Command Billet: Company Commander
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 16th North Carolina Infantry


Before the Antietam Campaign:
He enlisted in Company I of the 16th Infantry in May 1861 and was appointed First Sergeant of the Company. He was promoted Captain and took command in April 1862.

The remainder of the War:
He was killed in action at Fredericksburg on 13 December 1862, and buried on the field.

References, Sources, and other notes:
Military data from Moore's Roster1, with life dates and places from a family genealogy exhibit online. The photograph is from one in Time-Life's Voices: Fredericksburg2 [larger scan from the blog].

Birth Date: 12/19/1836    Place of Birth: Henderson County, NC    
Death Date: 12/13/1862    Death Place: Fredericksburg, VA    Burial Place: marker @Liberty Cemetery, Edneyville, NC


1   Moore, John Wheeler (compiler), and State of North Carolina, Roster of North Carolina Troops in the War Between the States, 4 volumes, Raleigh: Ashe & Gatling, State Printers and Publishers, 1882, Vol. 2, pg. 26  [AotW citation 1133]

2   Original photograph courtesy Frances Honeycutt.
Mathless, Paul, editor, Voices of the Civil War: Fredericksburg, Richmond: Time-Life Books, 1997  [AotW citation 1132]

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