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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1826

Vol. I

(Born S. C.)

Edward B. White

(Ap'd S. C.)


Edward Brickell White: Born Jan. 29, 1806.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1822, to July 1, 1826, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 1st Artillery, July 1, 1826.

Second Lieut., 3d Artillery, July 1, 1826.

 p369  Served: on Engineer duty, Aug. 31, 1826, to July 17, 1827; in garrison at Ft. Moultrie, S. C., 1827, — Ft. Independence, Mas., 1827‑28, — Ft. Monroe, Va. (Artillery School for Practice), 1828‑29, Ft. Trumbull, Ct., 1829‑31, — and Ft. Monroe, Va. (Adjutant of the Artillery School for Practice, July to Oct., 1832), 1831‑32; on "Black Hawk Expedition," 1832, but not at the seat of war;​a and on Topographical

(First Lieut., 3d Artillery, Dec. 1, 1835)

duty, Dec. 18, 1832, to June 28, 1836.

Resigned, Aug. 13, 1836.

Civil History. — Adjunct Engineer, for the Survey of Rabun Pass and its approaches, to cross the Blue Ridge by railroad, in Georgia, 1836. Resident Engineer, Charleston, S. C., Louisville, Ky., and Cincinnati, O., projected Railroad, 1836‑37. Civil Engineer and Architect, Charleston, S. C., 1837‑61. Reconnoitring Engineer of Cheraw and Waccamaw Railroad, S. C., 1837, — and of Charleston, S. C., and Wilmington, N. C., Seaboard Railroad, 1839. Lieut.‑Colonel of Artillery, South Carolina Militia, 1844‑49. Superintendent and Architect of U. S. Custom House at Charleston, S. C., 1850‑61.

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

Civil History. — Manager of various Trusts, New York city, 1866‑72.

Died, May 10, 1882, at New York city: Aged 76.

Buried, St. Michael's Church Cemetery, Charleston, SC (?).​c

Thayer's Notes:

a The phrase "but not at the seat of war" occurs frequently in the Register in connection with the Black Hawk War; the explanation in most cases is the one given in the biographical sketch of James Monroe (q.v.).

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b As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record; he was Colonel of the 3d South Carolina Artillery ("Palmetto") Battalion. He is best known today as the architect of several beautiful antebellum buildings in Charleston. On a genealogical note, we learn from (p24 of) the Genealogy of Thomas Swift of Dorchester, appended to the Memoirs of West Point's first graduate, Gen. Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Joseph Swift, that White's wife Delia Woodward née Adams was a granddaughter of Swift's.

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c The burial place information is from a single and often unreliable website; I've been unable to confirm it.

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