Charles White was born in 1842 in Baden, Germany.
Charles came to America and settled in Michigan sometime before 1863.
He stood 5’7” with hazel eyes, light hair and a fair complexion and was a 21-year-old book-keeper possibly living in Warren, Macomb County when he became a substitute for one George Gill who had been drafted on February 18, 1863, for 9 months from Warren. He was placed in Unassigned, and sent to the Regiment on March 6, 1863, but there is no record of his having ever joined the Regiment.
No pension seems to be available.
He may in fact have enlisted in Battery K, First Michigan Light Artillery on February 5, 1863, at Oakland County for 3 years (age 18), and mustered February 20. If so, he was transferred to the Seventh cavalry on February 20. Again, but again there is no further record, nor is there a record of his enlistment or transferal in the Seventh Michigan cavalry records. He may have then been a substitute for John Dropp who was drafted, and enlisted in Unassigned, Twelfth Michigan infantry on October 12, 1864, at Detroit for 3 years, age 21, mustered the same day. If so, he was then transferred to Company G at Detroit on October 14 for 1 year, and mustered the same day. Again, there is no further record. He may have enlisted in Company I, Fourth Reorganized Michigan infantry on August 25, 1864 at Pontiac, Oakland County for 3 years (age 21), mustered on September 8, and deserted at Pontiac on September 12, 1864. There is no further record.