Sergeant, 7th US Cavalry Regiment. He is a man of many names. Born Henry Charles Weiss in Saxony, Germany. When translated into English, Weiss becomes White, thus he became Charles White when he enlisted into the 7th Cavalry. When Weiss is written in old German script, the double "ss" often looks like "he", thus Weiss became Weihe, and when Sergeant Charles White left the Army, he became H. C. Weihe.
He enlisted on March 8, 1871 in Philadelphia, PA, giving his previous occupation as a farmer. He was assigned to Company M, 7th US Cavalry, and was discharged on March 8, 1876, at Fort Rice, ND, as a Sergeant, to reenlist the same day. He participated in the Sioux campaign of 1876, which culminated in the Battle of the Little Big Horn, where he was wounded in the right arm while Major Reno's battalion was attacking the Indian village. During the retreat to Reno Hill, his horse was killed out from under him, and he hid in the nearby woods until dark, when he was able to sneak up the hill and rejoin his unit. He was reduced in rank to Private and dishonorably discharged on October 5, 1879 at Fort Meade, for threatening to "gunsling" Private Charles Orr out of the Army, and for aiding and abetting another soldier to desert. Despite this, he reenlisted on March 16, 1881, to serve in Troop H, 7th Cavalry, and was court-martialed in July 1887. After that, he resumed being a farmer, homesteading in Sturgis near Fort Meade, South Dakota, for a total of 28 years. He died at age 59, at 4 am on October 23, 1906 at Fort Meade, although his death certificate lists the date as October 29. Cause of death was heart failure.
Sergeant White was married first to Sarah Wells, widow of Sergeant Benjamin Wells (7th Cavalry, who was killed at the Battle of the Little Big Horn), and she is buried in Grave 122 of the Fort Meade Cemetery. Sgt White and Sarah Wells were married on Sept 14, 1884. She died in 1887, and was the mother of Elmer White, who died in 1886. Henry Charles White later married Jennie Torrance Snyder, on July 29, 1889. She was the daughter of Elizabeth Plunkett, who is buried in grave 144 of Fort Meade Cemetery. HC and Jennie's daughter, Lottie Virginia White, married Robert Hooper in 1913, and it is their son, Charles Robert Hooper, who is buried in grave 163. Jennie White is buried in Bear Butte Cemetery, Sturgis, South Dakota.
∼See memorial for "Henry White" in this cemetery.
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