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Federal (USV)


Laertes White

(c. 1820 - 1862)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 123rd Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

About 42 years old, he enlisted on 29 July 1862 and mustered as Private, Company B, 123rd Pennsylvania Infantry on 7 August in Pittsburgh.

On the Campaign

He died of disease in camp near Sharpsburg on 19 October 1862.

On Sabbath day, Laertes White, a member of Co. B, expired. He was a good soldier, and died quite a hopeful death. May God be the widow's stay and the children's helper. Ten of our sick men were removed to a hospital in Sharpsburg on Sabbath. At present the Surgeon does not regard any one in the regiment as hopelessly ill. It is, however, painful to me to see so many indisposed, and such poor accommodations for their comfort.

After the War

He was reinterred from his original burial near the battlefield to the National Cemetery in about 1867.

References & notes

Burial information from the Antietam Cemetery History,1 as Leartes White. His service from the Register,2 which has his age as 18. The quote above from a Colonel Clark letter published in the Pittsburgh Gazette of 24 October 1862. Details from family genealogists. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Margaret Jane Sutton (1821-1885) in about 1845 and they had 4 children.


c. 1820 in PA


10/19/1862; Sharpsburg, MD; burial in Antietam National Cemetery, Sharpsburg, MD


1   Antietam National Cemetery, Board of Trustees, History of Antietam National Cemetery, Baltimore: John W. Woods, Steam Printer, 1869  [AotW citation 4349]

2   Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Adjutant General's Office, Register of Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-1865, 16 volumes, Harrisburg  [AotW citation 23764]