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White, Charles Braman

Age: 34, credited to Thetford, VT
Unit(s): USV
Service: ASURG, USV, 10/24/63, SURG, 3/30/64, Bvt LTC, 1/23/66, for faithful service; m/o 1/27/66 [College: Wabash, '48, ULA, 52]

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Birth: 02/14/1826, Thetford, VT
Death: 04/16/1882

Burial: Oak Hill Cemetery, Crawfordsville, IN
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: R & S Fine/Findagrave
Findagrave Memorial #: 116023417
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Unknown
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Wabash, '48, ULA, 52
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: None

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Dr. Charles Braman White, A.M., ninth President of this Association, died at his home in New Orleans, La., Sunday, April 16, 1882, of hemorrhage of the lungs, at the age of fifty-six. Dr. White was born at Thetford, Vt, Feb. 14, 1826, and, after a fifteen years' residence in the State of New York, removed to Indiana, his father at that time assuming the presidency of Wabash College, at which Dr. White graduated in the class of 1846. Removing to Alabama, in 1848, he began the study of medicine, and going to New Orleans, in 1850, to further pursue his studies, graduated from the medical department of the University of Louisiana in 1852, and thereafter was engaged in the active practice of the his profession in that city. Dr. White, during the late war, was surgeon of United States Volunteers and held the position of medical director of the Thirteenth Army Corps. From this connection arose that deep interest in sanitary matters which, in its later development, has made his name prominent in all sanitary circles, and given his high rank as a sanitary authority. In 1868 Dr. White was made president of the State Board of Health of Louisiana, and it was in this position, which he held for seven years, that his executive ability and wise and prudent administration of the sanitary affairs of New Orleans and it was in this position that he held for seven years, that his executive ability and wise and prudent administration of the sanitary affairs of New Orleans and the State was exhibited. The reports of this Board during the term of Dr. White's incumbency are valued contributions to sanitary science.

Dr. White was a ready, delightful, and most logical writer, and any of his writings, picked at rondo, indicate the earnest, scholarly, conscientious, and painstaking character of the man. Of wide general information and extensive special acquirements, he exhausted any subject upon which he entered, and his inquiries into particular lines were so marked by calm, dispassionate reasoning!, and a deep, truth seeking penetration, that the conclusions he arrived at carried conviction and had the weight of authority. He spoke several languages, was a fine microscopist, and a sound and most accomplished physician.

in 1876 Dr. White served as a member of the medical and sanitary groups of the Hoard of Judges of the Centennial Exhibition, and was called into consultation as an authority on yellow fever by His Majesty Dorn Pedro II., the Emperor of Brazil, then visiting this country.

Dr. White was made Sanitary Director of the New Orleans Auxiliary Sanitary Association in 1878, in which responsible position he very largely added to his contributions to the welfare of the city, and of science in general.

He was, as has been said, RA original member of this Association, always present at its meetings from the beginning, a member of its Executive Committee from the first; and his wise counsel, geniality, and strong sense have contributed greatly to the successful history of the Association.

In the fall of 1880 the Association met in the city of New Orleans, and, though then confined to his room by the disease which had shadowed his life for thirty years, he was elected by a most flattering vote to the presidency of the Association. Though the sad impression prevailed that it was gravely doubtful if Dr. White would live out the year of his incumbency, the honor was unhesitatingly bestowed, from the deep sense of his worthiness and desert, the Association's recognition of its obligations to him, and the universal regard and love in which he was held. The responsibility placed upon him seemed, however, to give him a new lease of life, and his administration was marked by the same wise and vigorous attention which alt trusts received at his bands. He presided with accustomed ability over the ninth annual session rat Savannah, Ga., and his address was replete with the wit and wisdom which always characterized his writings. The social features of Dr. White's make-up, and his absolute honesty of purpose and 'expression, gave a delightful charm to intercourse with him. He was always the earnest, thoughtful, but genial and accomplished gentleman; a keen reasoner, quick at repartee, full of witty sallies, and an uncompromising foe of humbugs in every shaper he was a rare conversationalist, -- the best of company. Although of strong political convictions, which he never disguised, he held the universal respect and love of the citizens of New Orleans, even in times when the prevailing political sentiment was opposed to his and this was maintained indeed, even during the days of violence and war.

Though not unexpected the announcement of Dr. White's death brought genuine mourning and sorrow to the city so long his home, and to the legion of friends he possessed all over this and other lands. The press of the county voiced the general sense of loss, and that of his own city paid the highest hut well-deserved tributes to his character and work. The New Orleans Sanitary Auxiliary Association, of which he was the mainspring and the Sanitary Director, and whose power was largely achieved through him, most deeply felt and mourned his loss, -- to them well-nigh irreparable.

The following, from the New Orleans Picayune of April 21, attests their appreciation and grief; --

At one o'clock yesterday there was a meeting of the Auxiliary Sanitary Association, called to take action regarding the death of the late medical director of that body.

Mr. Charles A. Whitney, President of the Association, called the members together and addressed them as follows: --

"GENTLEMEN, - We are met to do the last honors permitted us to the memory of a good citizen, an able physician, and a noble man. The death of Dr. White is a real calamity to the community, and an irreparable loss to this Association. If, as a sanitary association, we have been able to accomplish desirable results and inspire the people with any degree of confidence, it has been largely due to the efficient effort and direction of our lamented friend whose untimely death we are now called upon collectively and as individuals to mourn. For his bereaved relatives and friends our hearts beat as one ; but no words my lips can frame will serve to assuage the grief that has stricken them. It is most fitting, however, that we should manifest to them that sympathy which our presence in a body can give at the last solemn rites about to be tendered to our departed friend. As your executive officer, I therefore invite you to accompany me to his late residence for the purpose of joining in the funeral ceremony."

The members of the Association then in a body walked to 188 Canal street, the tale residence of Dr. White, and, after the funeral ceremonies, accompanied the remains to the Jackson railroad depot, where the body was placed upon the cars en rem* to its final resting-place in the tomb of his father, Crawfordsville, Indiana.

The following, from the remarks of the Rev. Dr. Hugh Miller Thompson, indicate the feelings of love and reverence in which Dr.' White was widely held, and fittingly sum up his life and character: --

. . The more I knew of the man the more I found in him to admire and even love. His intellect was clear, his power of vivid statement of his thought, extraordinary. He had a vast aptitude for administration, and was a very glutton for work ; indeed he worked to the very last, though weak and suffering from repeated hemorrhage, and, as a scientific physician, knowing well that the inevitable end was at the door.

Some time since Dr. White sent for me to visit him as a clergyman. I found him hard at work as usual, his life ruled, however, by the strictest order, to prolong the daylight for the work's sake while nature held out. He was weak and worn, but pushed his papers aside and turned to greet me with cheerfulness. We had a frank talk ; he told me of his early days, and pointed to the portrait of his father, a distinguished Presbyterian clergyman, looking down upon him from the wall with a took of earnest affection. 1 saw him afterwards and had free and full interchange of opinion and sentiment on the loftiest themes again.

. . We gathered "round his open coffin" the other day, old friends and new, and strong men's eyes were dim, women cried, and little children wept. And we looked our fast upon the dead face of a stainless gentleman, a man of clean hands and a pure heart, and I said, according to my office, the Christian words of faith and hope over his coffin, in full assurance that a Christian soul, after all bewilderment in the dust and dimness of time had passed, enlightened, into the eternal daylight.

And now all doubts are made clear and somewhere, in a life other than ours, he is alive, and, I doubt not, fulfilling high uses and helping on God's purposes of cleansing and redeeming the universe. I cannot think of him as dead or idle. The forte that et-Int:roiled that feeble body and made itself felt as a blessing to thousands lau. not perished; no force does. least of all spiritual force.

We speak of our dead associate lovingly and reverently. He deserved it and that we keep his memory green for an example. This for our own sake, not his. It is all one to him in the larger intelligence, and the clearer vision, and. the purer motives of the Life Eternal.
Source: Public Health Papers and Report, Volume VIII, Presented at the Tenth Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association, Indianapolis, IND., Oct. 17-20 1882, (Press of Rockwell and Churchill, Boston, 1882), pp. 343-346.