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Confederate (CSA)


Edwin Ruthven White

(1836 - 1891)

Home State: South Carolina

Command Billet: Company Officer

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 23rd South Carolina Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

He enrolled as Lieutenant in Company D, 23rd South Carolina Infantry about 1 November 1861.

On the Campaign

Captain S.A. Durham, in his report, stated -

"Having been wounded in the fight of Sunday, the 14th, I was not able to command the regiment the whole of Wednesday, and left it in charge of Lieutenant E. R. White."

The rest of the War

He was promoted to Captain, date not given. By 30 July 1864 he was in command of the Regiment again after the explosion in what became the Crater, at Petersburg, VA. He was captured at Dinwiddie Courthouse, VA in April 1865 and held at Johnson's Island, OH.

After the War

He and his older brothers William T. and Robert D. White were 3rd or 4th generation stonecutters in Charleston, noted for their gravestones and funerary sculpture. William died in 1870 and Edwin may have split from his brother Robert about 1875, and so was operating the family's White Marble Works on Meeting Street in Charleston by then. He was active as a carver into the 1880s.

References & notes

His service from the index to his Compiled Service Records via the Historical Data Systems database. Personal details from family genealogists. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Clara Matheison (1849-1877) in about 1868; they had as many as 5 children but perhaps only one of them survived infancy.

More on the Web

See more about the Walker and White stonecutting tradition in 19th century Charleston in A Stonecutter's Tale (2012) from Tom Taylor on Random Connections.

Their work is found all over Charleston, South Carolina, and the world. A historical marker [via HMDB] at Long Cane Cemetery in Abbeville, SC makes particular note of it.

See some lovely examples of Walker and White stones in Charleston from Traci Rylands on her blog Adventures in Cemetery Hopping.


09/26/1836; Charleston, SC


03/16/1891; Charleston, SC; burial in Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, SC