A native of Vicksburg, Mississippi, Ruth White received a B.A. in History and a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2011. In turn, she completed her Master's in United States History and a Certificate in Public History at Southern Miss in 2014. Her M.A. thesis is a comparative community study of Vicksburg and Natchez, Mississippi during the American Civil War. It addresses the dynamic between Confederate Nationalism and private devotion to local towns and cities. Currently, she is a Ph.D. student at the University of Kentucky, where her research interests focus on children during the American Civil War and Reconstruction.