William H. Withington
Captain, Company B, First Michigan Infantry, U.S. Army. Awarded for actions at the First Battle of Bull Run, VA.
July 21, 1861
William Herbert Withington was born February 1, 1835, in Dorchester, MA. In May 1861, in Jackson, MI, he enlisted as a captain with the 1st Michigan Infantry. In August 1862, he was appointed colonel of the 17th Michigan. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in the First Battle of Bull Run after aiding his wounded superior office and taking command of the unit until being wounded and captured. Although he resigned from the Army in 1863, he received the rank of brevet brigadier general in march 1865.
After the Civil War, he founded the Withington and Cooley Manufacturing Company, making farm equipment, in Jackson, MI. He was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives and the State Senate and died June 27, 1903.
Citation: Remained on the field under heavy fire to succor his superior officer.