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Capt. Calvert C. White
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Capt. Calvert C. White

Capt. Calvert C. White was born 29 Aug 1830 in Cazenovia, NY, the son of Lemuel White and Emily Brainerd. In 1854 he married Elizabeth A. Chester, daughter of Edwin Chester and Henrietta Barber. Their children were Calvert C. White, b. 11 Apr 1863 in Waukesha, Wis., and Edwin C. "Chester" White, born in 1866.

Calvert White was an attorney and District Attorney in Waukesha, Wis., and served as Captain of Company F of the 28th Wisconsin, eventually promoted to Lt. Colonel. He died 15 November 1866 at the young age of 36.

Obituary from Waukesha Plaindealer on November 20, 1866 read:

Died: At the residence of his brother, G. Julius White**, at Evanston, Ill., on Thursday, the 15th inst., Col. Calvert C. White, late of the 28th Wis. Infantry, aged 36 years. His remains were brought to this village on Friday, and the funeral services were held on Saturday at the Presbyterian Church. He leaves a wife and two small children, and many friends to mourn his loss.

The Chicago Tribune give the following truthful particulars of his history, which we adopt as our own:

"Colonel White was born in Cazenovia, New York, in the year 1830. His family removed to Waukesha, Wisconsin, when he was quite young. When the war began he was practicing law in Waukesha, and was the District Attorney for that county. He entered the military service as captain in the Twenty-eighth Wisconsin Infantry, in December, 1862, and served the entire period of enlistment -- three years -- rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. During the last year of his service he held the position of Provost Marshal General of the Department of Arkansas, on the staff of Major General J. J. Reynolds. He particupated in Steele's campaign in Southern Arkansas, which was only saved from being disastrous, from the failure of Banks' Red River expedition, by the hard fighting of Steele's command. He was taken ill at Little Rock, Arkansas, and was attended on his journey to his friends by Samuel Overstreet, a colored man, whose unwearying kindness during the life of the deceased, and whose unfeigned grief at his death, have been most touching to the surviving members of the family.

Among the many noble men whom Wisconsin sent to the war, it would be hard to find a more genial or gallant spirit than Colonel C. C. White. His abilities as a lawyer were of a high order, and his brilliant social qualities and nobility of character endeared him to all with whom he came in contact. He was emphatically a man of mark."


** The Julius White mentioned in the obituary was General Julius T. White, a prominent businessman and Union general. His former home in Madison, Wis. became the Old Executive Mansion and was once the site of lavish social gatherings, thus earning it the nickname of "The White House." It still stands and today it is known as Knapp House, a residence where eligible scholars at the University of Wisconsin can stay during their graduate student tenures.

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Information contributed by: Dave Ebel (photo and general information)
and Kathy Grace (obituary)



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