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William Augustus White
1837 - 1917
Co. A, 10th Georgia Regiment Infantry

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My Great grandfather, William Augustus White was born in Georgia on October 20, 1837. On May 10, 1861 he enlisted as a private in Company A 10th Georgia Infantry at Columbus, Georgia for the duration of the war. The regiment captain was R.R. Haw's. He was sent to Camp Fairfield near Richmond, Virginia and in October he is listed as building officer barracks. It is said he was a carpenter by trade.

In the book I have there are reports of his clothing receipts, pay vouchers and various other records of his enlistment.

He evidently got lost from his company as there are reports of him being AWOL and as a deserter, but there is no record of any charges brought against him. Also my book refers to him as being a 2nd LT and 3rd LT during this time and being in the hospital on several occasions. He is also listed as being in Cobb's Legion Calvary and later he shows up back in Company A 10th Georgia Infantry and retained his rank of private.

In 1864 he is listed as being in Jackson Hospital near Richmond with a leg ulcer caused from a wound and then he is listed with ulcers of both legs. In November he is issued a certificate of Disability.

In 1865 he is detailed to the arsenal at Richmond, VA and stays there until the War is over. I have found no record of any battles that he was in, but since he was wounded I am sure that he was.

Not much is known of him after the war. It is said that he followed a soldier to Union, Mississippi. During his stay in Mississippi he met Amanda Emmeline Leach of Newton Mississippi and they were married in 1878. A memoir of Lucille Leach Henson states they were married on the second story balcony of her father's home. Amanda's father Robert T. Leach and her brother Thomas J. Leach were both in the war. Her father enlisted and was sent to Virginia to serve under General Lee but was returned home in 1862 because of his age (42) and family matters. Thomas J. after brief training in Union was sent to Vicksburg during the siege. On July 1, 1863 Thomas was killed at Vicksburg. He was a private in Company B Mississippi 8th Infantry.

Sometime between 1878 and 1907 William and Amanda came to Roberson County, Texas. In 1907 William A White applied for and received a Confederate Pension in the state of Texas. It is told that when they moved to the Pritchett area he was instrumental in starting the Lone Pilgrim Primitive Baptist Church near Pritchett. His granddaughter and great granddaughter still attend this church.

On April 21, 1917 William A. White died and was laid to rest at Pleasant Hill Cemetery near Pritchett. After his death Amanda applied for and continued to receive the Confederate Pension until her death in 1939. She is laid to rest by her husband in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. He has a Confederate marker and Southern Cross of Honor that the Upshur County Patriots dedicated on April 28, 2012.

This information was compiled by The Harold B. Simpson Confederate Research Center Hill College in October 1996 for William D. White, William A. White's grandson.

Prepared by
Phillip L. Davis
Upshur County Patriots
March 2010