Rank and organization: Captain of the Gun, U.S. Navy. Born: 1840, Washington,
D.C. Accredited to: Pennsylvania. G.O. No.: 59, 22 June 1865.
White served on board the U.S.S. New Ironsides during action in several
attacks on Fort Fisher, 24 and 25 December 1864; and 13,14, and 15 January
1865. The ship steamed in and took the lead in the ironclad division close
inshore and immediately opened its starboard battery in a barrage of well_directed
fire to cause several fires and explosions and dismount several guns during
the first 2 days of fighting. Taken under fire as she steamed into position
on 13 January, the New Ironsides fought all day and took on ammunition
at night despite severe weather conditions. When the enemy came out of
his bombproofs to defend the fort against the storming party, the ships
battery disabled nearly every gun on the fort facing the shore before the
ceasefire order was given by the flagship.
This data was extracted from the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. Senate, Medal of Honor Recipients: 1863-1973 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1973)