Captain John R. White, U.S.V.
Captain John R. White was born in Baltimore, Maryland, December 17,
1835. His family removed to Philadelphia when the subject of this sketch
was about nine years of age. At the outbreak of the Civil War he enlisted
as a private in the Second Company State Fencibles, recruited at 505
Chestnut Street. The company was assigned to the Eighteenth Pennsylvania
Volunteers, Colonel Lewis. The enlistment was for three months. The
regiment was stationed on Federal Hill, Baltimore, until the time had
expired. At that time a call was made for volunteers to escort some
transports to Washington via Aquia Creek. Captain White, with about two
hundred others, volunteered, and served one month longer. After being
mustered out of service, and upon the call of President Lincoln for three
hundred thousand more; he enlisted in Company G, One Hundred and
Eighteenth Regiment (Corn Exchange), as private. He was appointed first
sergeant, and marched with his regiment to the front. At the battle of
Shepherdstown,a sequel to Antietam, all the company officers present
having been killed, he was appointed second lieutenant by special orders
from Major-General Fitz John Porter, " for gallantry on the field of
Her grandfather came to this country with William Penn, and was one of the earliest settlers of this State. Seven children make up their home circle,-four boys and three girls. The eldest, John R. White, Jr., has charge of the extensive retail business of the Boyd-White Carpet Company, and, though but twenty-two years of age, ranks among the shrewdest and best-equipped men in the trade for successful management and business ability. The other children give promise of making their mark in life when the time comes for them to start on their own voyage.
Source: Officers of the Volunteer Army and Navy who served in the Civil War, published by L.R. Hamersly & Co., 1893, 419 pgs.
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