Name: Charles E. White Company: I
Transferred to Invalid Corps September 1, 1863.
Residence prior to
military service: Massachusetts; Frankford
Township, Mower County, Minnesota
Vocation prior to
military service: Farmer
August 14, 1904
Beltrami County, Minnesota
Cemetery, Beltrami County, Minnesota
following military service: Akron, Big Stone
County, Minnesota; Port Hope Township, Beltrami
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."]
The 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.