REUBEN BIRCH WHITE, Co. B, 24th Texas Cavalry


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R. B. White was enumerated in Danville, Montgomery County, Texas in 1860. He was age thirty, born in Mississippi in about 1830. He was listed in the 1860 slave schedules with three slaves, so he was apparently a man of some wealth.

Reuben was the son of Reuben White (1781-1839) and Nancy Tabor (1785-1859). He is said to have been born in Claiborne County, Mississippi. His mother was the sister of Isaac Tabor (1787-1860), and Reuben was thus the first cousin of Minerva Tabor, the wife of Peter B. Irvine. He was the nephew of Isaac Tabor, husband of Susannah Bullock Tabor.

Reuben B. White was married to Charlotte Horton on 19 January 1854, by A. Rushing, Justice of the Peace. Charlotte was born in Georgia in 1831, the daughter of William Horton and Jane Crawford. She came from Georgia to Montgomery County, Texas, with her parents. Her father died in Montgomery County in 1847. In 1850, she was enumerated in Danville in the household of her mother, Jane H. Horton.

Charlotte's brother, Thomas J. Horton, married Julia Ann Wilson, whose brother Thomas Wilson was also a member of the company.

Charlotte must have died before the census of 1860. In the home of Reuben B. White is twenty-year-old “E. White,” born South Carolina. It is not known whether she was his wife.

In April of 1862, Reuben was enrolled in the Second Texas Lancers by Captain Neyland. He was mustered in at Camp Carter at Hempstead.

He rode to Arkansas with his regiment, and was dismounted at El Dorado with the others, on July 28, 1862. At this time, the regiment was taken into the Confederate army and was designated as the 24th Texas Cavalry (Dismounted).

Reuben was listed on the August muster roll as being “Absent on Detail.” He was one of the eight men detailed by Captain Wooldridge to take the horses back to Montgomery County. Each man was to be in charge of ten horses, and the horses were to be grazed, by order of General Hindman, who stated that the Confederate government would not pay for fodder.

Reuben returned to Arkansas and was at Ft. Hindman, Arkansas Post, in time for the October muster.

The men spent the fall building cabins for the winter. Many were ill, due to the contaminated water and malaria-carrying mosquitoes.

Reuben was present in January for the fight against the Union Army in the Battle of Arkansas Post.

Union ironclads steaming up the White River toward Arkansas Post

He was one of the five members of Company B killed in battle that day, January 11, 1863. He was probably buried in a mass grave by the Union Army, the location of the graves being lost to history.

Due to the fact that all the officers' reports were lost on the battlefield that day, no record was made of his death until after the Confederates had been exchanged in April. The muster roll at which his death was recorded was dated April 30, 1863.

There is no memorial honoring fallen soldiers at Arkansas Post, and to our knowledge, there is no memorial for Reuben in a home town cemetery.

This photo of the cross at Arkansas Post was taken by Karen Lucas Lawless, g-g-granddaughter of Peter B. Irvine

The above was compiled from county and census records and from R. B. White’s Compiled Service Record, which is on file at the National Archives, and which was accessed on microfilm at the Confederate Research Center at Hillsboro, Texas.

Please contact us if you have any further information about R. B. White.

Thanks to Frank Johnson for discovering Reuben White's connection to the Tabor family.

For further information and records of all Confederate soldiers of Montgomery County, Texas, as well as histories of the regiments they served in, see Montgomery County, Texas, CSA by Frank M. Johnson. The book may be purchased by visiting Frank's website at or by contacting Frank at [email protected]

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