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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1845

Vol. II

(Born Mis.)

William H. C. Whiting​1

(Ap'd at Large)


William Henry Chase Whiting: Born Mar. 22, 1824, Biloxi, MS.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1841, to July 1, 1845, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., Corps of Engineers, July 1, 1845.

Served: as Asst. Engineer in the construction of the Fortifications of Pensacola harbor, Fla., 1845‑48; as Engineer of the Military Department of Texas, 1848‑50; as Asst. Engineer in the construction of the Fortifications of Pensacola harbor, Fla., 1850‑52, — in the building of Ft. Carroll, Patapsco River, Md., 1852, — of Surveys and Harbor Improvements

(First Lieut., Corps of Engineers, Mar. 16, 1853)

in Texas, 1852‑52; and in the construction of Fortifications at  p209 the entrance to San Francisco harbor, Cal., 1853‑55; as Member of the Board of Engineers for Pacific Coast Defenses, Feb. 1, 1854, to Mar. 1, 1856; as Superintending Engineer of repairs of Fts. Caswell and Macon, N. C., 1856‑57, — and of improvement of Cape Fear River, N. C., and re-opening the communications between Albemarle Sound and the Atlantic, 1856; as Light-house Engineer of North and South Carolina (except Charleston harbor), 1856; as Superintending Engineer in building Ft. Clinch, Cumberland Sound, Fla., 1857‑61, — of improvement of St. John's River, and Haul-over Canal, Fla., 1857‑61, — of repairs of Fts. Pulaski and Jackson, Ga., 1858‑61, — and of the improvement of Savannah

(Captain, Corps of Engineers, Dec. 13, 1858)

River, Ga., 1858‑61; and as Member of Commission for devising Project for the improvement of Cape Fear River, N. C., 1858.

Resigned, Feb. 20, 1861.

Joined in the Rebellion of 1861‑66 against the United States.​a

Died, Mar. 10, 1865, at Governor's Island, N. Y.: Aged 40,

while a Prisoner of War, captured at Ft. Fisher, mouth of Cape Fear River, N. C., where he was severely wounded in defense of the work, which he commanded and had built.

Buried, Oakdale Cemetery, Wilmington, NC.

The Author's Note:

1 Son of Lieut.‑Colonel Levi Whiting, of the 1st Artillery.

Thayer's Note:

a As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record: a fair summary is given on the Find-a‑Grave page linked above.

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