William H. Withington

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William Herbert Withington (February 1, 1835 – June 27, 1903) was an American Union brevet brigadier general during the period of the American Civil War. In May 1861, he enlisted as a captain with the 1st Michigan Infantry. He was appointed colonel of the 17th Michigan Infantry in August 1862 and resigned from the army in March 1863.[1] He received his appointment as brevet brigadier general dated to March 13, 1865.[2]

After the war, he founded the Withington and Cooley Manufacturing Company, a maker of agricultural implements, in Jackson, Michigan.[3] Withington served in the Michigan House of Representatives and the Michigan State Senate. On January 7, 1895, he was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions at the First Battle of Bull Run where he took command from his wounded superior officer until he too was wounded and eventually captured.[4]

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  1. ^ Antietam on the Web Profile
  2. ^ The Photographic History of the Civil War: Three Volumes in One. New York: Random House Value Publishing, Inc. 1983. p. 316. 0-517-20155-0. 
  3. ^ "Descendants of George Dyer of Dorchester, Mass". Retrieved 2012-04-15. 
  4. ^ John Griffith. "William H. Withington". Retrieved 2012-04-15.