Maj Benjamin Stephen White


Maj Benjamin Stephen White

Montgomery County, Maryland, USA
Death 21 Mar 1891 (aged 63)
Burial Beallsville, Montgomery County, Maryland, USA
Plot Boundary Avenue South, Lot 12 Upper, Site 5
Memorial ID 6699156 View Source

Major of the 23rd Battalion, Virginia Infantry, Company D, during the Civil War (Confederate States of America - CSA)., who guided General J. E. B. Stuart's forces when they crossed the Potomac at the point since known as White's Ford.

Son of Nathan Smith White II
and Evelina Wailes

Married (1) Sarah Ellen Nichols February 27 1851

Father of:
1. Ida White [1852-1930]
2. Milton White [1854-3. Sarah Ellen Nichols White [1856-1856]

Married (2) Mary Elizabeth Mead December 6 1858

Father of:
4. Fannie Mead White [1861-1866]
5. Jane Mead White [1865-1866]
6. Eveline Wailes White [1867-1925]
7. Mary Lee White [1869-1953]
8. Joseph Meade White (Dr) [1871-1949]

Historic Fact

Jeb Stuart's Confederate Cavalry's Second Ride Around McClellan for the Woodstock Equestrian Trail

Maj. Gen. Jeb Stuart with 1,800 of his best cavalry and Pelham's Light Artillery crossed the Potomac River at McCoy's Ferry Ford, north of Williamsport, on the morning of October 10, 1862 in a heavy fog. Gen. McClellan had been holed up with his Union Army of the Potomac at Harpers Ferry since the Battle of Antietam (Sept. 17, 1862) and Stuart took this opportunity to make a point about the slowness and ineptitude of McClellan's army against the swift cavalry by making a 1O0-mile foray into enemy territory - circling McClellan's army as he had done before in Virginia. On October 12, the Confederate cavalry returned to Virginia via White's Ford, traveling cross-country from Barnesville with Union infantry and artillery to both the north and south. Pelham's Light Artillery held off the federals while the l,800 horsemen left the Barnesville Road just south of Barnesville and, led by Ben White of Barnesville, crossed the Darnestown Road and followed the creek to go between the bluff of the Bile's Quarry just north of the ford and then taking the C & O Canal towpath south to White's Ford.

{Information provided by Susan Soderberg, Historic Preservation Section - Education and Outreach Planner}
/Civil War Times Illustrated/, Vol. VI, #9, Jan 1966, p. 45
/America's Civil War/, Jan 2004, p.48,
_Civil War Guide to Montgomery County, Maryland_, Charles T. Jacobs, p.62.

Reinterred from Barnesville Methodist Episcopal Church Cemetery on 10 October 1921.

Gravesite Details

Reinterred from Barnesville, MD (Methodist Cemetery?)


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