Name: William Benjamin WHITAKER
Birth: 19 DEC 1836 in Henderson County, North Carolina
Death: 13 DEC 1862 in Fredericksburg, Virginia
Burial: Fredericksburg, Virginia, Marker at Liberty Cemetery, Edneyville, Henderson County, North Carolina
Military Service: BET 1861 AND 1862 Enl Sgt promoted to Capt Co I, 16th NC In Regt (CSA) Army of Northern VA
The following letter from William Benjamin Whitaker to his father, written from his Unit's Camp near Berryville, VA dated 2 November 1862 has been preserved:
....I write you a few lines this morning as Henry Garren expects to start back today. We have moved our camp since I wrote you last, some 12 to 15 miles, but I do not think that we will remain here very long. I received a letter from a friend in Richmond who belongs to the 54th Regiment, a few days ago and he said that brother James was there some two weeks before he wrote, but was gone and he did not know where, he did not say anything about his wounds but said he had no money, and he loaned him five dollars. There is a great deal of talk about Smallpox but I have not seen any cases of it yet, but I suppose that it is among some of the troops.
I will get Henry Garren to go through Richmond and see if he can find James and send him some money and pay the five dollars he borrowed. I also send you five hundred dollars and James thirty five dollars, And Mr. Garren thinks that he will come back to the Regt. before long and I want you to get some things and send to me. Some socks, a vest, a good blanket or two and a good pair of boots no. 7 large size or small 8, a pair of woolen gloves and a dark shirt or two, get these articles if you can and send them if Garren comes back.
Your Son W. B. Whitaker"
Source: Echoes In The Mist - The Burgin Family 1623-2008 by Peggy Silvers Nebo, NC 2008
Father: Joshua WHITAKER b: 4 OCT 1809 in Swannanoa, Buncombe County, North Carolina
Mother: Lydia BURGIN b: 27 JUL 1815 in Burke County, North Carolina