Minnesota Battle Flag Charles E. White

Name: Charles E. White
Company: I
Transferred to Invalid Corps September 1, 1863.
  • Date:  June 1843
  • Place: Massachusetts
Mustered In
  • Date: April 24, 1862
  • Rank: Private
  • Age: 18
  • Residence prior to military service: Massachusetts; Frankford Township, Mower County, Minnesota
  • Vocation prior to military service: Farmer
  • Date: August 14, 1904
  • Place:  Beltrami County, Minnesota
  • Burial:   Greenwood Cemetery, Beltrami County, Minnesota
Mustered Out
  • Date: Unknown
  • Rank: Private
  • Age: Unknown
  • Residence following military service: Akron, Big Stone County, Minnesota; Port Hope Township, Beltrami County, Minnesota
  • Vocation following military service: Farmer

Charles E. White Biography and Civil War Narrative

Charles E. White is born in Massachusetts in 1844, the son of George Newton White and Deraxa Smith White. George was born in New York in 1827; Deraxa was born in Massachusetts in 1826. They were married in Walpole, Massachusetts, on January 21, 1838.

The 1850 U.S. Census shows George and Deraxa White living in Dorchester, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, along with their children: Elizabeth A. (age 10), Ellen S. (age 6), and Charles E. (age 4). George worked as a Teamster.

By the time of the 1860 census, the George White family had moved to Frankford, Mower County, Minnesota. George (age 42) now worked as a farmer. Charles' sister Elizabeth was no longer listed in the household. Charles was 15, and a 14-year-old daughter, Mary, was also listed as a member of the family.

On Thursday, April 24, 1862, Charles White enlisted as a private in Company I of the 5th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment. Private White was
transferred to Invalid Corps September 1, 1863. The Invalid Corps (or the "Veteran Reserve Corps" as it would be renamed in 1864) was intended to provide noncombat military duties for disabled soldiers. Between 1863 and 1866, more than 60,000 individuals served in the Veteran Reserve Corps. [Note: In the roster for Company I as published in the Adjutant General's report published in the Executive Documents of the State of Minnesota for the Year 1862, Charles White is mistakenly listed as "White, Elias E."]Ella White grave stone

Charles White Military Grave StoneThe 1865 Minnesota census shows five people in the George White household: Geo. N., Deraxa, Ellen L., Chas. E., and Mary N.

Charles married Ella E. (born June 7, 1854) and in June 1878, they had a daughter, Nina. The 1880 census shows the Charles E. White family living in Big Stone County, Minnesota. In January 1882 another daughter was born; Charles and Ella named her Lola. A son, George, was born in August 1889, and another daughter, Vada, was born in September 1895.

The 1900 federal census shows Charles and his four children living and farming in Port Hope Township, Beltrami County, Minnesota.

Ella White died on Thursday, May 27, 1897, and was buried in
the Civil War section of Greenwood Cemetery, Bemidji, Beltrami County, Minnesota. Charles E. White died seven years later on Sunday, August 14, 1904, in Beltrami County, Minnesota. He was also buried in Greenwood Cemetery.

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