|Birth||Oct. 29, 1846|
|Death||July 28, 1927|
|Cemetery||Pleasant View (Lodgepole)|
|Unit||14th Illinois Cavalry, Company I|
Private Andrew J Withers
Company I, 14th Illinois Cavalry
Andrew J Withers was born on October 29, 1846. He was residing in Stephenson County, Illinois when he enlisted for 3 years on February 17, 1863. He was mustered in on March 24, 1863 and served about 26 months before being mustered out on May 30, 1865.
The 14th Illinois was organized at Peoria, Illinois between January 7, 1863 and February 6, 1863. During his enlistment the regiment was assigned to the Atlanta (GA) Campaign (June 28-September 8, 1864). Withers and other members of the regiment were captured by Confederate forces on August 3, 1864 at actions at the Sunshine Church in Georgia. Withers was sent to the Andersonville Prison and transferred to Camp Lawton near Millen, Georgia on November 11, 1864. Camp Lawton had been constructed to alleviate the overcrowding at Andersonville Prison. The exact date of Withers’ release was not available, however, it probably occurred when General Sherman’s forces liberated camps during their “March to the Sea”.
Withers died on July 28, 1927 at the age of 80 years. He is buried in the Pleasant View Cemetery in Lodgepole (Cheyenne County), Nebraska. Withers was the last member of the Chickamauga Post (#232) of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) in Lodgepole. In addition, he was a charter member of the Harrison Post (#218) of the GAR in Chappell, Nebraska.
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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.