; born in Shelby county, Ky.
, in August, 1823; joined the army as a lieutenant of Kentucky volunteers at the beginning of the Mexican War
, in which he served
with gallantry; admitted to the bar and began practice in Shelbyville, Ky.
; was a member of the State Senate in 1861, and when his State was invaded by the Confederates
during that year offered the resolution “that the governor be requested to call out the military force of the State
to expel and drive out the invaders.”
The unanimous adoption of this resolution put an end to the sham neutrality of the State
Shortly after Whitaker
entered the National
army as colonel of the 6th Kentucky Infantry; was promoted brigadier-general in June, 1863; won distinction in the battles of Shiloh
, Stone River
, and Lookout Mountain
, and in other engagements; and was brevetted major-general of volunteers in recognition of his services.
He died in Lyndon, Ky.
, July 9, 1887.