Having posted about Wisner Stadium in Pontiac, the question arose: are there similar facilities with such a legacy in Michigan ... ?
In Jackson, high school officials opened a new high school and athletic complex in the fall of 1927. Built at a cost of $100,000, Withington Stadium opened for gridiron use on Sept. 24 as Jackson faced Hastings. Named in honor of the Withington family, descendants of Jackson's Civil War hero, William Herbert Withington and donors of the property upon which the facility is built, the facility utilizes a classic horseshoe design. Featuring locker rooms for players, a ticket window, and an arched main entrance, the stadium was said to have a seating capacity of 10,000. Jackson High School is located in the heart of Jackson, on Wildwood Street just off South West Avenue.
These days "Withington Community Stadium and Dungy Field are home to the Jackson High School football and track and field teams, as well as the Lumen Christi High School football team. On October 24, 2008, Dungy Field was dedicated to the entire Dungy Family, most notably Tony Dungy, a Jackson Public Schools Alumnus who became the Indianapolis Colts football coach and the first African American Football coach to win a Super Bowl. Over the summer a brand new playing surface was installed, the playing surface is FieldTurf, which is the same as many teams in the NFL play on. The track at Withington Community Stadium and Dungy Field has a 9 lane 400 meter surface made of a combination of rubber and polyurethane, much like many division 1 college tracks. Withington Stadium holds 10,000 people, is known as one of the finest stadiums in the state, and hosts MHSAA football playoffs, along with the Midwest Meet of Champions, a track meet in which the fastest seniors from the Midwest compete." [see Wikipedia entry for "Jackson High School"]
What about our hero? William H. Withington was from Jackson and became Captain of the 1st Michigan Infantry on May 1, 1861, within a couple weeks of Ft. Sumter. A three-months man, he fought and was captured at First Bull Run, exchanged six months later in January 1862, mustered out on the last day of the month. In August, he was commissioned Colonel of the 17th Infantry. He resigned in March 1863 and was honorably discharged. On March 13, 1865, he was breveted as Brigadier General "for conspicuous gallantry at the battle of South Mountain, Md., Sept. 14, 1862."
Oh, we shouldn't forget one other accolade. How about Medal of Honor recipient?: MOH
Another fitting tribute to a Michigan Civil War icon.