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James Wilhite[1] (abt 1845 - aft March 11, 1903) served as a corporal in Company L, 13th Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry.

Personal life

James Wilhite was born about 1845 in Greene County, Tennessee. He married Elisabeth [last name unknown].

Civil War service

Wilhite enlisted as a private in Company L on March 3, 1864 in Greeneville, Tennessee for a period of three years and mustered in December 6, 1864 at Knoxville, Tennessee. He was appointed corporal on February 20, 1865 by order of Lieutenant Colonel Stacy.

He is described as 19 years old, 5' 3" tall, fair complexion, gray eyes, light hair, and by occupation a farmer.

Wilhite is listed as present for duty until June 18, 1865 when he was left sick at Knoxville. He was subsequently admitted to Brownlow General Hospital in Knoxville on June 27, 1865 for "debility". An examining surgeon recommended him to be returned to the regiment on July 11, 1865.

Wilhite mustered out with the regiment on September 5, 1865 at Knoxville. He had never been paid, owed $0.27 to the government for clothing, and was owed a $300 bounty.

Post-war life

Wilhite applied for an invalid's pension on June 21, 1880. He likely applied for an increase of his pension in 1894. The War Department, Record and Pension Office records indicate that he deserted from Company F, 4th Tennessee Infantry.[2] This annotation was dismissed on March 11, 1903.

No record of his date of death or place of burial has been found.


  1. On his initial enlistment record, his name is spelled "Willhite" and he signed it thus. All further official records used the "Wilhite" spelling."
  2. This was either an error as another James Wilhite served in the 4th Tennessee Infantry (Company K), or, he was serving in the 4th Tennessee Infantry and requested/received a transfer from the regiment that was lost. No record of this has been located, but the cancellation of the charge of desertion indicates that he had not deserted the 4th Tennessee Infantry.