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W.J.H. White

W.J.H. White

Federal (USA)


William James Harrison White

(1827 - 1862)

Home State: District Of Columbia

Education: Columbian College (DC) Medical School, Class of 1849

Command Billet: Medical Director

Branch of Service: Medical

Unit: Sixth (VI) Army Corps

Before Antietam

He graduated from the Columbian College Medical School (now George Washington University) in 1849, was nominated by President Zachary Taylor for an Army commission in February 1850, and was appointed Assistant Surgeon, USA, on 12 March 1850. He was living with his parents James and Anna R. White in Washington DC at the 1860 US Census. He was promoted to Major and Surgeon on 16 April 1862.

On the Campaign

He was killed in action on 17 September 1862 at Antietam.

References & notes

Service information from Heitman1. Details from the Historical Catalogue of the Officers and Graduates of the Columbian University (1891). His photo here from a CDV in the collection of Drs. Michael Echols & Doug Arbittier on their American Civil War Medicine & Surgical Antiques site. His picture is also found in Volume 7 of Miller and Lanier's Photographic History of the Civil War (1911). His gravesite is on Findagrave. His mother applied for a Federal widows and dependents pension after his death.

More on the Web

Battery White at Fort Washington, MD (1899) was named for him (from Fort Wiki).


1827; Washington, DC


09/17/1862 Sharpsburg, MD; burial in Congressional Cemetery, Washington, DC


1   Heitman, Francis Bernard, Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army 1789-1903, 2 volumes, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1903, Vol. 1, pg. 1029  [AotW citation 14907]