H.B. Hall & Son, engravers, NY, nd (1860s?). Paperback. Very Good. Item #21-5326
Dark wood frame 14 x 11", engraving approximately 12 x 9.25". Frame has paint spotting on the top edge, backing has tears else very good condition. Not examined out of frame. William M. Fenton, 1808-1871, was a Michigan state senator and lieutenant governor and mayor of Flint. When the Civil War broke out he offered five thousand dollars of his own money to then Governor Blair for equipment for the Michigan troops. In 1861 he was chosen to be a major in the 7th Infantry but before he was mustered in the governor made him colonel of the 8th Infantry. The unit saw active service at Bull Run, Jackson, the Wilderness, Spotsylvania Court House, Cold Harbor and many more. Health issues forced him to resign after two years and return to Michigan and devoted himself to his business interests. A few years later Colonel Fenton was appointed Chief-Engineer of the Flint Fire Department. It was during a response to an evening fire call that he ran with great force into a pole and died from his injuries the following morning. The town of Dibbleville, Michigan changed its name to Fenton in 1863 to honor their local hero. Bookplate of Fenton M. Remick, one of his descendants on the back of the frame.