Remembering Corporal Richard Thomas Whitaker, Company A of the Fifteenth Kentucky
Richard Thomas Whitaker was born around 1826 in Shelby County, Kentucky, the son of James Sullivan Whitaker and Phebe Harvey Chiles and the younger brother of Union General Walter Chiles Whitaker. A clerk by profession, Whitaker was 5’8”, with a fair complexion, hazel eyes and brown hair. Corporal Whitaker was discharged in the field on April 18, 1862 to accept promotion as first lieutenant of the Sixth Kentucky Infantry. By the end of the war, Whitaker was the Sixth Kentucky’s Lieutenant Colonel.