James Lawson White (November 23, 1840 - November 11, 1930) served as a corporal in Company G, 13th Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry.
James White was born November 23, 1840 in Carter County, Tennessee to Richard Claiborn and Elizabeth A. (Shoun) White. He married Mary C. Shuffield (1843-1915) with whom he had twelve children.
Civil War service
White enlisted as a private in Company A on September 24, 1863 in Carter County, Tennessee for a period of three years and mustered in October 28, 1863 at Strawberry Plains, Tennessee. He was promoted to corporal on March 30, 1864.
He is described as 23 years old, 5' 10" tall, fair complexion, blue eyes, light hair, and by occupation a farmer.
White is listed as present for duty until January or February 1864 when he was left sick at a Knoxville hospital; the exact date of his admittance to the hospital and the date of his return to the regiment has not been found.
White mustered out with the regiment on September 5, 1865 at Knoxville. He had last been paid to August 31, 1864, owed $36.45 1/2 to the government for clothing, had been paid a $25 bounty, and was owed a $75 bounty.
In 1927, his family held a reunion to celebrate his 87th birthday. A newspaper article states that he was "one of the few survivors of the Civil war in Jefferson county." It further states that he moved from Carter County to Jefferson County 60 years earlier and, "In spite of his age, Mr. White is able to help feed stock on the farm and and do other work."
White applied for an invalid's pension on July 23, 1890. He died November 11, 1930 in White Pine and is buried buried there at White Pine Cemetery.
- 1900 U.S. Census, White Pine, Jefferson County, Tennessee.
- The Knoxville Journal, December 1, 1927, p. 2.