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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 Sharpsburg

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 rest of the War

He was killed in action at Fredericksburg on 13 December 1862, and buried on the field.

References & 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].


12/19/1836; Henderson County, NC


12/13/1862; Fredericksburg, VA; burial in 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]