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Federal (USA)

Assistant Surgeon

Charles Belden White

(1837 - 1881)

Home State: New York

Education: Free Academy (later City College) of NY (AB '54, AM '57),
New York University College of Medicine, Class of 1859

Branch of Service: Medical

Unit: Horse Artillery, Cavalry Division

Before Antietam

Son of Ambrose Lipscomb White (1810-1898), a prominent New York City surgeon and founding member of the New York Academy of Medicine. He was commissioned Assistant Surgeon, USA on 28 May 1861. He stayed with the wounded and was captured at Malvern Hill, VA in June 1862, then was assigned to the Horse Artillery, Army of the Potomac by August 1862.

On the Campaign

He was with the Horse Artillery on the Maryland Campaign of September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was Chief Surgeon of the Artillery Reserve, Army of the Potomac to March 1863, in charge of hospitals in Pittsburgh, PA to June 1863, then at the headquarters of the 13th Army Corps in Tennessee until November 1863. He was afterward Medical Director of US forces in Texas (to April 1864), with the First US Infantry into August 1864, and a post surgeon in New Orleans. In March 1865 he was honored by brevets to Captain and Major, USA for his war service.

After the War

He continued in Regular Army service and was promoted to Major and Surgeon on 1 October 1875. In 1877 he was post surgeon at Columbus, OH.

References & notes

His service from Heitman1 and Henry.2 Personal details from family genealogists and his capsule bio in the General Alumni Catalogue of New York University, 1833-1907 (1908). His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Mary Ann Davenport (1844-1933) in June 1869 and they had 7 children: 5 daughters, then 2 sons.

More on the Web

A collection of his 4 Army commissioning documents (to Assistant Surgeon, Surgeon, and brevets to Captain and Major) along with his medical diploma were auctioned for $7,312 by RR Auction.


09/12/1837; Manhattan, NY


08/10/1881; Wilton, CT; burial in Saint Matthew's Parish Cemetery, Wilton, CT


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. 1027  [AotW citation 28648]

2   Henry, Guy Vernor, Military Record of Civilian Appointments in the United States Army, 2 Volumes, New York: D. Van Nostrand, 1873, Vol. 1, pg. 123  [AotW citation 28649]