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WHITE, ROBERT M. (1829–1863). Robert M. White, merchant and Confederate officer, was born in Tennessee in 1829. White was raised in Tennessee. In the early 1850s he moved to Texas and settled in Bell County with his wife Sarah Riggs. This couple had one son and one daughter. White worked as a merchant and grocer in Bell County, and he was a member of the county militia. In 1853 White served as first lieutenant in the "Bell County Rovers" and in 1859 as captain and commander of "Bob White's Ranging Company." Both of these groups were charged with defending Bell County from intermittent raiding by local Comanche Indians. Around this time, he was a prominent states' rights Democrat and a champion of secession. At the outbreak of the Civil War, White raised a company of cavalry for service in the Confederate Army. This unit was eventually incorporated as Company H into the Sixth Texas Cavalry Regiment, which formed at Dallas in September 1861.White served as captain. With this unit, he saw action in Arkansas, the Choctaw Indian Nation, Georgia, Mississippi, and Alabama. In 1862 he received promotion to major. White was killed in action on April 26, 1863, in an engagement along the Tennessee River. He was buried in Bell County at the South Belton Cemetery.


George Tyler, History of Bell County (San Antonio: Naylor , 1936).

Aragorn Storm Miller


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Aragorn Storm Miller, "WHITE, ROBERT M.," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 26, 2015. Uploaded on April 18, 2011. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.